Two suspects identified in Monroe County manhunt
Captured after high-speed chase
SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — Two suspects are in custody following a police pursuit and manhunt in Monroe County just after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning.
According to the Wisconsin State Patrol at a news conference this afternoon, there are two 27-year-old suspects, one male and one female. They are identified as Janssen McGee and Paris Akon.
It all started when a Wisconsin State Trooper stopped the pair for a routine traffic stop at Exit 43 in Tomah for speeding. As the trooper approached the vehicle he could smell marijuana and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle, but the driver sped off instead.
According to Wisconsin State Trooper Lieutenant Jeramy Foster, a high-speed chase began and at times reached speeds over 100 miles-per-hour.
The vehicle finally exited the highway at Exit 28 in Sparta, while being chased by a Monroe County deputy. The vehicle was eventually found abandoned on Hazelwood Avenue.
Several Wisconsin State Troopers surrounding a property near County A and Hazelwood Avenue near Sparta where the manhunt began.
The Wisconsin State Patrol Air Support, along with a drone from the Fort McCoy Fire Department and officers with Monroe County, Sparta Police, Fort McCoy Police and a La Crosse Police K-9 unit all helped with the search.
Both suspects were tracked down and surrendered at about 12:15 this afternoon, arrested and taken to the Monroe County jail. They face multiple charges including resisting arrest and felony fleeing. The investigation is still ongoing as possible evidence was thrown from the speeding vehicle and recovered by authorities.
Authorities also plan a search of the suspect’s vehicle and report that no one was injured.
One viewer sent a Facebook message with photos of a man appearing to be in handcuffs with Sheriff deputies at the Monroe County Animal Shelter.
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