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UPDATE: Wood Co. police report suspect turned himself in

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Officers in Wisconsin Rapids said 31-year-old Matthew Lee Fosnot has voluntarily turned himself in.

He was wanted for armed attempted sexual assault.

According to Wisconsin Rapids Police Chief Kurt Heuer, Fosnot turned himself into authorities in Tomah.



Officers in Wisconsin Rapids are still searching for 31-year-old Matthew Lee Fosnot. Authorities say he is wanted for armed attempted sexual assault.

According to a media release sent Thursday morning, officers do not believe Fosnot is a danger to the general public. "Threats and comments shared with law enforcement in the course of the investigation are isolated and do not pertain to our general public," Wisconsin Rapids Police Chief wrote in the release.

Earlier officials said they had reason to believe the suspect was inside and that he wasn't afraid to fire his gun.

A 911 call came into Wood County dispatch around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night. "A female caller reported there was an attempted assault on her mother by a male acquaintance," Kurt Heuer said.

Police arrived to a home on 18th Avenue in Wisconsin Rapids and surrounded it. Authorities believed the suspect, Fosnot, may have been inside. "With the information we had, it was believed that he was still in the residence," Heuer said.

They also say there were indications that he was anti-law enforcement.

The Wisconsin Rapids Special Response team was on hand. Officials say they went in just after midnight but Fosnot was no where to be found. "It is believed he was able to leave prior to our arrival," Heuer said.

Officials say they believe Fosnot may be heading to Columbia County because he has family there. Police reported that he may be driving a 1987 grey Toyota pickup with AF4896 plates.

"We believe the situation tonight was directed at an individual party," Heuer. But officials say that doesn't mean the public shouldn't be careful. "Anyone that many know Fosnot, or know his location, or see his vehicle, don't take any action on your own behalf," Heuer said.

Police say no one was hurt in the incident and no shots were fired. Officials say more information will be released as it becomes available.

If you have information contact Wood County Dispatch at 715-421-8702, Wood County Crime Stoppers at 877-325-7867 or your local law enforcement agency.




Wood County investigators have released more information into an overnight incident in Wisconsin Rapids.

Officials there say they're now searching for Matthew Lee Fosnot, 31, of Wisconsin Rapids.  He is considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators say they reported to a home on 18th Avenue South, around 9:30 Wednesday night after a female caller reported that Fosnot tried to assault her mother.  The woman told police that Fosnot could be a threat to himself and others.  He allegedly made a statement that he would "die in a gun battle."

Wisconsin Rapids Special Response Team cleared the home shortly after midnight, Thursday, and didn't locate the suspect.  Officials believe Fosnot was able to leave the area before officials arrived on the scene.

According to officials, Fosnot has ties to Columbia County.  Officials there are helping in the search. 

Fosnot drives a 1987, gray, Toyota pickup with ham radio antennas.  His license plates read AF 4896.

Fosnot is wanted for Armed Attempted Sexual Assault.

If you have any information on where Fosnot might be, call Wood County dispatch at (715)421-8702 or your local law enforcement agency.



Wood County officials are urging everyone to stay away from 18th Ave in Wisconsin Rapids. They say someone there is armed.

Wood County Dispatch Manager Kelly Zenz says authorities are on scene.

Authorities say people living nearby should stay away from windows and doors.

Stay tuned to Newsline 9 for the latest.


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