Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Warrant issued for man allegedly involved in stabbing

by Rob Ireland

August 23, 2012

ELKHORN — A warrant has been issued for teenager accused of stabbing a man near Jackson Elementary School, in the city of Elkhorn, after he failed to appear at a Aug. 17 court hearing.

A bench warrant was issued Aug. 22 for Alfredo Emilio Villarreal, 18, of Janesville.

In Walworth County, Villarreal is charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 12 1/2 years imprisonment and $25,000 in fines. He pleaded not guilty April 18 to the charges.

Villarreal was released from custody Aug. 13 after his brother co-signed a $5,000 surety bond. Villarreal did make several court appearances after his May release.

On March 21 police were called to Harris Park, which is near the school, after receiving a report of a fight. When police arrived they spoke to Rafael Villegas, 29, who was suffering from two puncture wounds to his stomach.

Villegas later went to Lakeland Medical Center’s emergency room for treatment and was flown to Froedtert Medical Center.

Elkhorn Police Chief Joel Christensen said on Wednesday that local police are on the lookout for Villarreal, who in early court proceedings listed an Elkhorn address.

“Obviously, we will be keeping our eyes open for Mr. Villarreal,” Christensen said.

Christensen said the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department follows up on active warrants and his department is willing to assist them or any other agencies in locating Villarreal.

Walworth County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Scott McClory, who heads the fugitive task force, didn’t immediately return phone calls for comment.

Three other men faces criminal charges related to the incident. Clayton Rhymer, 18, and Cole Sorg, 20, both of 110 N. Lincoln St., have been charged with felony substantial battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Sorg faces an additional misdemeanor charge of resisting or obstructing an officer. Both Sorg and Rhymer have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled for jury trials.

Alexander Rickert, 18, has been charged with disorderly conduct, and he has pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for a jury trial. In a separate felony case, Rickert faces three counts of delivering cocaine.

According to the criminal complaint against Villarreal:

When police arrived on the scene, they identified seven people, including Villarreal, Sorg, Rhymer and Rickert.

Villegas told police he must have been stabbed during the fight. Police found a knife with a 5-inch blade in the playground area.

A second knife, that was slightly smaller than the first, was found in a sewer drain near the school.

The criminal complaint isn’t clear on how the fight started, but Villegas told police that during the fight he was jumped by Rhymer.

Villarreal told police Rhymer gave him a knife, and that during the fight he stabbed Villegas twice and then hid the knife in the gutter.