Police Say Man Arrested In Calif. Connected To Wisconsin Threats

An escaped inmate accused of threatening the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus was captured early Friday in California, police said.

Jesse Miller, 19, was taken into custody by San Diego Police on a probation violation, according to UW-Madison police.

UW-Madison Police Sgt. Jason Whitney said it's possible that Miller was in San Diego - more than 2,000 miles from Madison - while he made the threats that closed down parts of campus on Tuesday night.

Detectives were still working to definitively figure out Miller's whereabouts, he said.

Miller's capture was a relief to the school's 60,000 students and employees.

"We are glad he is in custody and will now receive the support and services he needs," UW-Madison spokeswoman Amy Toburen said.

Miller was arrested after showing up at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego late Thursday seeking treatment under the name of his brother, Tyson Miller, said San Diego police spokeswoman Monica Munoz.

Munoz said she didn't know why Miller sought treatment but he has a history of mental illness.

"The military police checked his identity and discovered that he was Jesse Miller and not Tyson Miller," she said. "They discovered he had a warrant out for a probation violation."

Munoz said Miller was arrested without incident and taken to jail.

She said she was not sure how long he had been in San Diego.

Police say Miller called authorities Tuesday afternoon claiming he was on top of a parking ramp at UW Hospital, had a weapon and was suicidal.

They say he followed that up with a false report of shots fired in the area and a fake bomb threat.

The calls were enough for the university to cancel some night classes and activities and warn students to stay home as police searched for Miller.

Police warned Tuesday that Miller was likely trying to provoke officers to shoot him.

But classes resumed on Wednesday after police said Miller was likely not on campus and was a threat only to himself.

Whitney said police developed leads late Tuesday that Miller was in San Diego but their efforts to find him failed.

Then on Thursday, Whitney said police went to an address in Madison where they believed Miller may have been staying.

He said police received information there that Miller was at a specific
address in San Diego.

San Diego police were sent to find Miller, whose identity was verified by fingerprints, Whitney said.

Miller also made a phone call to police on Thursday night that helped investigators find him, Whitney said.

He said he had no details on the nature of the call.

Miller was being held at the San Diego Central Jail without bond.

He was booked at the jail at 2:43 a.m. on Friday.

Elise Schaffer, a spokeswoman for the Dane County Sheriff's Office, said her agency would seek to bring Miller back to Madison.

Gov. Jim Doyle would have to sign the extradition order, which Miller could fight.

Schaffer said Miller was captured on a warrant from her agency for escaping the jail.

Miller had been serving a one-year jail sentence with work-release privileges in Madison after pleading no contest to armed robbery with use of force.

A criminal complaint said he tried to rob Steve's Wholesale Cheese in Sun Prairie using a knife.

But he vanished Sept. 8 after he left the jail for a medical appointment and never returned.

Whitney said Miller will face additional charges for making the threats.


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