BARRON COUNTY -- The Rice Lake Police Department has issued the following update regarding the investigation into an armed robbery in Rice Lake.

Press Release

As previously reported in September 2022, Rice Lake Police Officers responded to an armed robbery on September 23, 2022, at approximately 7:09 pm, at the Jacobson's Ace Hardware Store in the City of Rice Lake.

A lone male entered the store and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect was believed to have a firearm in his jacket through actions he made. The suspect fled the scene with a large sum of cash.

The investigation, led by Rice Lake Police Department Investigator Brandon Bohl, has identified the suspect as Jesus R Miera, 41, of Chippewa Falls, WI. Miera is currently incarcerated for unrelated charges in Chippewa county. Also charged in the case was Krista Buckwalter, 47, of Rice Lake.

The results of the investigation have been referred to the Barron County District Attorney's Office for their review, and to determine the appropriate criminal offense charges.

Miera and Buckwalter are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Last Update: Feb 06, 2023 8:01 am CST

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