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Housing dispute leads to stabbing in Janesville

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Gazette staff
March 10, 2012
— Two men are in custody at the Rock County Jail after a dispute about housing arrangements led to a stabbing early Friday morning.

Janesville police were notified at 1:46 a.m. Friday of a possible stabbing at 2338 Center Ave., Sgt. Dean Sukus said.


One of the first people officers encountered was Vincent S. Ruffer, 35, Madison.


He was uncooperative, and officers shot him with a Taser, Sukus said.


While Ruffer was being arrested, Walter J. Geisler, 19, of the Center Avenue address, tried to flee through an attic window onto the roof of the two story house, where officers took him into custody, he said.


The Janesville Fire Department was called to help with a ladder truck, which officers used to get Geisler safely off the roof, Sukus said.


Geisler was arrested on charges of first-degree reckless injury, resisting arrest, underage drinking and a probation violation, Sukus said.


Ruffer was arrested for resisting and on a couple outstanding warrants, he said.


The victim, a Janesville man, was taken to St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital for treatment of the stab wound to his leg.


“The wound was 3 centimeters so wasn’t life threatening,” Sukus said.



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