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Both Marinette County manhunt suspects taken into custody

Sheriff says two were arrested Sunday afternoon
Posted at 6:11 AM, Apr 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-10 11:44:00-04

The two suspects that led law enforcement agencies on a two-day manhunt in Marinette County have been arrested.

27-year-olds Chad Setunsky and Ashley Niewierowski were considered armed and dangerous when they fled from police on foot Saturday, after crashing their pickup truck during a chase in the Town of Stephenson, said Sheriff Jerry Sauve.

Ashley Niewierowski was arrested shortly before 1:00 p.m. Sunday near County Highway C, in Athelstane.

Chad Setunsky was taken into custody in a cabin south of County Highway C later Sunday afternoon.

After a tense weekend for families west of Highway 141, in Stephenson, there's relief Sunday night at the news.

"I didn't let [my kids] play outside this morning, that's for sure," said one neighbor, standing with her son, "yeah, we locked our doors and our windows."

Now that the two suspects have been captured, areas that were blocked off because of the search are now returning to normal, and people are returning to their homes.

During Sunday's manhunt, armed state troopers could be seen guarding access to the search area, keeping some people away from their cabins and out of danger.

"Police are standing outside, waving at us, saying 'no, no, no,'" says John Carabetta, of Green Bay, who was in the area with a friend to bring a truck home from a friend's cabin, "and then we asked him 'when?' he says 'come back in a little while,' and a little while has turned into almost an hour now."

The Sheriff says neither suspect or any officers were injured in the two-day manhunt that started Saturday morning, when a deputy reported a burglary at the Convenience Corner gas station.

"It was a burglary because the front doors were pried open to the business," said Sheriff Sauve during an interview Saturday, "and the officer could see that it was recently burglarized."

Deputies located a suspicious pickup truck, and the driver allegedly exchanged gunfire with a sergeant during the pursuit before crashing into a pole, and fleeing into Twin Bridge Park on foot with the passenger.

Both suspects are in the Marinette County Jail as the sheriff's office is recommending multiple felony charges.