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Somerset man pleads guilty to stalking

Steven Jacobs

A Somerset man pled guilty to felony stalking and false imprisonment in a plea hearing Monday, April 6.

Steven L. Jacobs, 36, also pled guilty to misdemeanor battery. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m., Thursday, July 2.

Jacobs was originally charged with five felonies — robbery, false imprisonment, stalking, second degree sexual assault and intimidate victim during a November 2014 incident in the Village of North Hudson.

Authorities were tipped off on Thanksgiving Day night when the victim’s mother, Jacobs’ estranged wife, called 911 after reading a Facebook message from the woman that said: “Help. Someone call 911. Steve has me trapped,” according to the criminal complaint.

When police officers arrived at her home in the 1100 block of Michaelson Street North, Jacobs was gone and the woman was in her vehicle preparing to leave in case Jacobs returned.

The woman told police that Jacobs was in her home without her knowledge at about 4:45 p.m. and startled her while she was preparing to go to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner gathering.

According to the criminal complaint, the woman said Jacobs took her cell phone in an attempt to find the name and address of her boyfriend so he could harm him, despite the fact that she had no boyfriend. During repeated struggles for the phone, the woman was able to remove the battery and SIM card from the device and hide it from Jacobs.

The argument turned to threats of violence and became physical with some sexual groping over about 90 minutes, according to the woman’s statements in the criminal complaint. Jacobs prevented her from leaving the residence and had her use his phone to call her family to say she would be late to the dinner.

During the incident, Jacobs told the woman, “I know where you are all the time. I have GPS installed on your truck.” He also showed her a video on his cell phone showing him in her bedroom at a time when she was not home.

At one point, Jacobs went outside to smoke a cigarette, but continued to block the exit to the residence, according to the complaint. Later, she asked him to let her dog outside and retrieve a sweater from her vehicle. That’s when the woman was able to use a laptop to send a Facebook message to her mother.

Police found Jacobs at his girlfriend’s home in Prescott and placed him under arrest just after 7:30 p.m. and the girlfriend gave police permission to seize his vehicle from her garage along with his cell phone, according to the complaint.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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