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Kuester arrested for threatening animal shelter staff last Thursday

Published On: Apr 30 2013 11:26:41 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2013 09:11:34 PM CDT
Jaren M. Kuester

Jaren M. Kuester

WAUKESHA, Wis. -

Jaren Kuester was arrested for threatening staff at a Waukesha County animal shelter three days before he was labeled a person of interest in Lafayette County’s triple homicide.

Kuester, who is a suspect in the deaths of Gary Thoreson, 70, his wife Chloe, 66, and his brother Dean, 76, was arrested Thursday at the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, where he was allegedly threatening workers.

HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik said Kuester appeared upset about his dog, who had had dropped off at the society after it was hit by a car.

“The dog was deceased when he brought it in,” Olenik said. “It had been hit by a car. Two weeks later, he was having trouble making sense of all that.”

Olenik said she believed Kuester was threatening HAWS workers’ lives.

“(He) told them that they were horrible people, and that they would pay for his dog,” Olenik said of the threats Kuester allegedly made.

Several days after the arrest, Kuester was taken into custody and named a person of interest in Lafayette County's triple homicide. Gary, Chloe and Dean Thoreson all were found dead at a home on the 9000 block of Philippine Road in rural South Wayne on Sunday.

Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley released a statement Tuesday saying a judicial review of Kuester's case was held Wednesday morning. He said Kuester will remain in jail as the investigation continues.

Pedley said he doesn't expect to release any more information on the case until further notice. He said a massive volume of reports are being completed to be forwarded to the district attorney.

"I believe the public’s need to know is satisfied, for now," he said. "When additional relevant facts can be shared, they will be shared."

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