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UPDATE: Search for sex offender over; Stephan Christian found

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SAUK PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Authorities located a registered sex offender who cut off his monitoring bracelet in the Richland Center area Friday.

Sauk Prairie Police say they received information that led them to believe 58-year-old Stephan Christian was in the Richland Center area. He was found walking in the area of Sextonville Road and USH 14. Christian was taken into custody without incident.

Christian's ankle bracelet was located in the Ace Hardware store in Sauk City Thursday.

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SAUK PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- The Sauk County Sheriff's Office tells 27 News registered sex offender Stephan Christian has been found.

State, federal and area police have been searching for the Madison man, who had been monitored by a GPS bracelet on his ankle.

Police say the ankle bracelet was found in the Ace Hardware store in the Village of Sauk City.

Sauk County authorities plan to release more information about Chrsitan's apprehension Friday afternoon.

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SAUK PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- The Sauk Prairie Police Department, Sauk County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin Department of Corrections Probation and Parole, and United States Marshal Service Badgerland Fugitive Task Force is seeking assistance from the public in locating a fugitive last seen in the Sauk City area.

This suspect, 58-year-old Stephan Christian, of Madison, is a registered sex offender. 

Thursday night, the Sauk Prairie Police Department was notified by the Wisconsin Division of Probation and Parole that Christian was being monitored by an ankle GPS bracelet and was at the Ace Hardware Store in the Village of Sauk City for a period of time.  They had reason to believe the bracelet had been cut off.

Sauk Prairie officers immediately headed to Ace Hardware and found the store closed.  Key holders were contacted and the business was searched.  Christian was not located, however, an ankle bracelet had been found. 

Friday, the U.S. Marshal Service and Sauk County Sheriff's Office were brought in to assist the Sauk Prairie Police Department in the investigation and search for Christian. 

As of now, the search is focused in the Sauk City area, but it is unknown if the fugitive is still in the area.  

Christian was last seen wearing a navy blue jacket, black pants and black shoes.  He is 5'9" and 200 pounds, has brown hair and green eyes.  It is believed he may be riding a bicycle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sauk County Communications Center at 608-355-4495. 

As a precaution, the Sauk Prairie Police Department has requested that the schools in the area be locked down at this time. 

 

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