SOMERSET, Wis. (SOMERSET POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) -- At approximately 08I7, 12/19/13, officers of the Somerset Police Department were notified by the School District of Somerset that a student at the elementary school had been threatened by an adult. The incident was reported to have happened in the elementary school and the student reported the incident through a teacher. The school district ordered a lockdown of all the schools and officers then searched the elementary school. After finding no one of the description given officers then made a detailed search of the elementary school and again, did not find the man. Officers were deployed to the other schools in the school district and an investigation was initiated.
The suspect was identified using the security procedures of the school district. With the assistance of the New Richmond Police Department the man was located and taken in to custody. The man was identified as Andrew Joseph Robert Wallace, 20. Mr. Wallace declined to answer questions about the incident and was attended by his attorney during questioning. The St Croix County District Attorney's Office was alerted to the situation. Wallace was transported to the St Croix County Jail and charged with Disorderly Conduct.
SOMERSET, Wis. (FROM SCHOOL DISTRICT'S WEBSITE) -- The Somerset Police Department has the suspect from the morning incident at the public ES in custody. They are interviewing this person at this time.
All district schools will remain on lockdown with Somerset Police Officers in each of our four schools for the remainder of today.
Students and staff continue to be safe. We are taking this threat very seriously.
Somerset School District
Somerset Public Schools will remain in lockdown for the rest of the day Thursday after a man threatened elementary school students.
The threat happened Thursday morning. The district's website says the man said something to the students while he was in the elementary school. Investigators searched classrooms in the elementary school, and didn't find anyone who wasn't supposed to be there. They're now searching the parking lots. The schools say students and staff are safe and secure in all three schools, but that they are taking the threat very seriously.
School will go on as scheduled for the rest of the day inside the schools. The district calls locking down the school for the rest of the day a "precautionary practice."