Triple homicide suspect threatened HAWS shelter workers last week

CREATED Apr 30, 2013 - UPDATED: Apr 30, 2013

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WAUKESHA – TODAY’S TMJ4 has learned police arrested triple homicide suspect Jaren Kuester for threatening staff at the HAWS animal shelter last Thursday.

HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik said her staff is still shaken.

“Everyone is,” Olenik told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. “I think everyone in the City of Waukesha is.”

Olenik said Kuester was in the lobby of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County upset about his dog. Olenik said Kuester wanted his pet dog alive, even though he delivered the young pit bull mix to the shelter deceased.

“He told [the staff] that they were horrible people and that they would pay for his dog,” Olenik explained. “The dog was deceased when he brought it in. It had been hit by a car. Two weeks later, he was having trouble making sense of all that.”

Olenik said it is her understanding that Kuester threatened the staff member’s lives.

A booking photo of Kuester was taken shortly after his arrest at the animal shelter. It started a bizarre sequence of events.

Kuester was booked into the Waukesha County jail Thursday afternoon.

An employer that used Kuester for occasional manual labor work paid a $303 citation and, after processing, Kuester was released Friday afternoon.

Early Saturday morning, in Southwest Wisconsin, someone found Kuester’s vehicle abandoned on the side of a rural road. The Green County Sheriff warned the public not to approach him and to call 911 if he was spotted.

Three senior citizens were found murdered in their home on a Lafayette County farm Sunday morning. The home is just miles from Kuester’s abandoned vehicle.

Police arrested Kuester in Waukesha Sunday afternoon and an apartment building where relatives live. A pickup truck belonging to one of the victims was found in the parking lot.

While investigators will not say how the three people were killed, it is known that Kuester was training to be a mixed martial arts fighter at a gym on Milwaukee’s north side.

“It comes as a complete shock,” said Kuester’s MMA coach and friend Adrian Serrano.

Serrano said he’s never known Kuester to be violent outside the gym.