EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (EAU CLAIRE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On 07/23/2013 at about 1:00pm Eau Claire Co Deputies were notified by State Patrol that they were attempting to locate a subject that might be held against her will traveling on I-94. Deputies were advised the female party had locked herself in the rest room of a gas station at the 59 exit in Eau Claire Co. Deputies arrived and found State Patrol already on scene. Deputies interviewed both suspect and complainant and found that it was not an abduction.
Suspect and complainant met on an online dating service about a week ago. Suspect and victim spoke on the phone and eventually agreed to meet. Suspect agreed to drive from Minnesota to Whitehall to pick up victim and take her to Mall of America. Suspect picked up complainant in Whitehall and when reaching Osseo area he changed their plans to go to Mall America. Victim stated suspect then started to touch and caress her arm, neck and leg. She told suspect that she need to use the restroom and suspect stopped at the 59 exit where she locked herself in the bathroom and called for assistance.
Suspect, Jason C Ogurak of Edina, Mn was ordered into court for a disorderly conduct charge and released.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Investigators arrested a man for holding a woman against her will after she contacted law enforcement from a bathroom.
It happened just before 1 p.m. Tuesday. The Wisconsin State Patrol says dispatchers received a report of a man holding a 19-year-old woman from Whitehall in an SUV that was headed west on I-94 near Eau Claire. Troopers positioned themselves in several places along the freeway between Eau Claire and Hudson to find the SUV.
After talking about going to the Mall of America, the man started touching her and talking about taking her to his house, making her uncomfortable, according to Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer.
Cramer said she started texting a relative that she wanted help, giving a vehicle description and location.
The woman convinced the man that she needed to use the bathroom, and told law enforcement that she was in a bathroom at Mega Holiday near the State Highway 312 exit on I-94. Troopers and other investigators found the man, the woman, and the SUV at the business, and arrested the 32-year-old man from Edina, MN near his rental vehicle. A release from the state patrol did not identify him.
Investigators say the man and woman met online.
"He's been taken into the sheriff's department for an interview to give his side of the story, but again, we have a lot of concern of people meeting people online, not knowing anything about their background and all of a sudden, she's gonna be leaving the state with him, not knowing much about the individual," Cramer said.
The sheriff says the man is being questioned to determine whether he touched the woman inappropriately, and if criminal charges will be filed.