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Six arrested after shooting incident

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Gazette staff
October 2, 2008
— An armed robbery attempt apparently disguised as a drug deal triggered a shooting and the arrest of six Rock County residents Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

No one was injured in the shooting, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office reported.


Five of those arrested were taken into custody in a felony traffic stop late Tuesday night at Interstate 90/39 and Highway 14 in Janesville.


The sixth was arrested Wednesday morning on her way to class at Blackhawk Technical College.


Arrested during the traffic stop on charges of party to armed robbery were:


-- Jacklyn J. Butson, 17, of 380 Indian Lane, Edgerton.


-- Patrick D. Butler, 20, of 624 Prairie Ave., Janesville.


-- Justin D. Paysen, 19, of 17 N. Water St., Evansville.


-- Christopher J. Crownover, 20, of 1335 Laramie Lane, No. 5, Janesville.


-- Cortez M. Tucker, 18. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office, which reported the arrests in a press release and took custody of the suspects, said Tucker lives in Janesville. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, which helped with the traffic stop, reported that he lives in Rockford, Ill.


Tucker, who police said was the shooter in the incident, also was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and recklessly endangering safety.


The sixth person arrested is Anna M. Fern, 17, Edgerton, also on a charge of party to armed robbery.


Detectives think she planned the robbery attempt and was dropped off at her Edgerton home between the time of the shooting and the time of the traffic stop, according to the press release.


About 11:25 p.m. Tuesday, Dane county deputies were alerted to the shooting at Highwood Club House, 80 Forrest Ave., Albion, near the west shore of Lake Koshkonong.


The two male victims of the attempted robbery gave authorities a detailed description of the van involved in the shooting as well as descriptions of the six people in the van, according to the press release.


Detectives think the group planned to rob the two victims of drug money, but no money was exchanged, according to the press release.


The victims suspected that the drug deal was not going as planned and tried to leave in a sport-utility vehicle. Six shots were fired at the SUV; two struck the truck, according to the press release.


Edgerton police and the Wisconsin State Patrol also backed up the traffic stop, which started at 11:34 p.m. and ended at 11:58 p.m., the Rock County Sheriff’s Office reported.


Officers reported finding a .22-caliber, semi-automatic pistol during the traffic stop.



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