Police arrest 'person of interest' in Culver's homicide

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Neil Johnson
Friday, June 30, 2017

JANESVILLE—Police have taken a man into custody in Janesville who is a “person of interest” in a suspected homicide earlier this week at a Culver's restaurant in Madison, authorities said.

Madison Police Department spokesman Joel DeSpain said Madison and Janesville police took a person of interest into custody Friday afternoon after police served a search warrant at a home at 324 N. Academy St., north of downtown Janesville.

DeSpain said information on the arrest is limited because of a pending investigation.

The arrest was made “in relation to our Culver's (homicide) case,” DeSpain said Friday afternoon.

The name of the person arrested has not been released, DeSpain said.

In an alert issued Friday afternoon, Janesville police said a male "voluntarily surrendered" to members of the Janesville police's SWAT team at 2:27 p.m.

Multiple officers had part of North Academy Street blocked off Friday afternoon during what appeared to be a standoff at the house.

DeSpain said the arrest occurred at the house, but he couldn't elaborate.

Local police told a Gazette reporter at the scene Friday that they could not comment further, saying the department was deferring to Madison police.

DeSpain said Janesville police and Madison police worked together on the arrest, but he couldn't immediately give details.

Madison police did not release further information Friday night.

Police are still investigating the robbery at the Madison Culver's that police say led to the death of Christ E. Kneubuehl, 56, of Twin Lakes. 

Kneubuehl, a Monroe native and Brodhead High school graduate, died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack during the armed robbery. Kneubuehl was part of a construction crew installing tile at Culver's on West Beltline Highway in Madison died Tuesday of an apparent heart attack during an armed robbery at the restaurant, police said.

Police said they believe a robber involved in the incident would not allow the work crew to call 911 to get help for Kneubuehl while he was having the heart attack, and he died.

His obituary says he was a self-employed master tile setter. His funeral services are planned Monday in Brodhead.

Last updated: 4:05 pm Friday, June 30, 2017

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Person of interest in Culver's homicide arrested in Janesville, police say

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