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Convicted stalker charged with false imprisonment

Steven Jacobs

A man on probation in St. Croix County from a 2014 incident that led to felony convictions was charged again with false imprisonment following a domestic disturbance in Prescott.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Steven L. Jacobs, 38, on Monday, Aug. 7, with one count of felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanors — disorderly conduct and intimidation of a victim.

The Prescott resident was serving a three-year probationary term as part of a September 2015 sentence in St. Croix County, where he was convicted of felony stalking and false imprisonment. The sentence allowed for Jacobs to be imprisoned for two years if he violated probationary terms.

According to a criminal complaint:

Prescott police were called at 7:31 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, to a disturbance in the 1400 block of Walnut Street. A woman reported her ex-boyfriend, Jacobs, had entered her house, took her cellphone and physically restrained her from leaving. Police learned Jacobs had already left in a vehicle.

In an interview with officers, the woman said Jacobs had entered the house at about 4:30 a.m. and crawled into her bed. He had been previously told he wasn't welcome at the house, the woman told police.

She told Jacobs she wanted to call 911, which led to the phone being hidden in the garage.

The woman said she told Jacobs to leave, to which he replied "No, I just want to talk to you ... you always tell me no."

The woman later attempted to get out of the house, but Jacobs stepped between her and the door, grabbing her tightly and attempting to kiss her.

Jacobs followed her as she went outside to a shed. He prevented her from leaving that structure at one point, the woman told police. Later, while in the garage, she tried getting the phone back but Jacobs pocketed it.

The woman heard a neighbor, which she said prompted Jacobs to grab her to warn her not to attract that woman's attention. The woman told police she then yelled for the neighbor to call 911.

That, she said, was when Jacobs threw her keys on the ground and ran for his truck. She said she pursued him because he still had her phone. That led to a struggle and Jacobs throwing it to the ground before speeding away from her house in his vehicle.

Asked by police if she tried running away or fighting Jacobs, the woman replied that "Steven was significantly bigger than her and has a temper," the complaint states.

Police later spoke with the neighbor, who said the victim came to her house after the incident with her phone's speaker activated. The neighbor said she heard Jacobs tell the victim not to call the police.

Jacobs phoned police at 9:45 a.m. Sunday and arranged to be interviewed.

The incident bore similarities to a 2014 case in North Hudson when he showed up unexpectedly at a different woman's house. There, he sexually groped the woman, took her cellphone and barricaded her in the house until she made it to a laptop and got word to her mother via Facebook, who was able to alert police.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is a regional/enterprise reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage includes St. Croix County government, higher education and state politics in Wisconsin. 

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