(UPDATE) All 4 Suspects Now in Custody Following Recent Home Invasions
**UPDATE** Barron County Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald, says that the two remaining suspects are now in custody.
"With the assistance of the Eau Claire Police Dept, the other 2 suspects in our home invasion were taking into custody and will be held in the Barron County Jail pending formal charges."
The two suspects were identified as Tyler Rognholt, 17 of Cameron, and Jonah Blake, 20 of Cumberland.
A joint investigation involving the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with the Rice Lake, Barron and Chetek Police Departments reference the home invasions has led to the arrest of two suspects and the identity of two additional suspects to be apprehended.
Taken into custody were Zach Schwanke, 17 of Barron, and Ricky Gjerseth, 17 of Black River Falls. Both are currently being held in the Barron County Jail on Robbery Charges.
We are currently looking for the whereabouts of Tyler Rognholt, 17 of Cameron, and Jonah Blake, 20 of Cumberland, in connection with the area home invasions.
Anyone with information on the location of these suspects should contact 911.
Per Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald; Barron Police Chief Byron Miller; Chetek Police Chief Ron Ambrozaitis; Rice Lake Police Chief Steve Roux.
Barron County Authorities Seeking Public's Help After Two Overnight Home Invasions
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | BCSD l Press Release
On Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 7:47 p.m., a call came into dispatch of a theft from 370 E Birch Ave. The Barron Police Department responded to the scene and determined that a home invasion had occurred. Four males wearing masks and carrying a gun and bats entered an apartment and held the subject at gunpoint while they took several items from the apartment. The suspects then fled the scene.
About 45 minutes later, a call came into dispatch from a residence in Chetek reporting a home invasion. The Chetek Police along with the Barron County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Three males entered this house and held the occupants at gunpoint and took several items from the home. During the home invasion, a subject in the house was struck with a bat as he tried to tackle one of the suspects.
At this time we believe that these two incidents are connected but we have no suspects. The Sheriff’s Department is working with Barron and Chetek Police Departments to attempt to find a connection between the two victims.
If anyone has information about this case you are asked to call the Barron County Dispatch Center at 715-537-3106 or you can send an anonymous tip-text BCTIPS with your tip information to 847411. Also, everyone should report anything suspicious in your neighborhood to 911.
Per Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald; Barron Police Chief Byron Miller; Chetek Police Chief Ron Ambrozaitis