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Man Arrested, Accused of Craigslist Assault

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Man Arrested, Accused of Craigslist Assault

By Alex Hagan. CREATED Feb 7, 2014
HOWARD, Wis.-- 24-year old Tyler Olson is behind bars tonight after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who responded to a babysitting ad. Investigators say it happened at Olson's apartment on the two-thousand block of Memorial Drive in Howard.
 
Olson made his initial court appearance today charged with first degree sexual assault and false imprisonment, but it's how the sequence of events unfolded that makes this case even more alarming. 
 
What appeared to be a job interview turns into a sequence of disturbing events.
 
A twenty year old woman seeking a babysitting job on Craigslist.
 
Thought she was meeting a potential employer a mother of twins at an apartment complex.
 
Police say instead she met 24 year old Tyler Olson looking for something else.
 
"Pulled a knife on her. And forced her to have sexual relations," says Captain Jeff Sanborn with the Brown County Sheriff's Department.
 
Deputies say after Olson sexually assaulted the victim he threatened her with a knife and he forced her to drive to an unknown location.
 
Police say they stopped at ten different gas stations. The victim entering the wrong pin number each time until they ran out of gas on Interstate 43. An officer came across them walking on the off-ramp.
 
"Had no idea. He thought he was assisting two motorists whose vehicle broke down on the highway," says Sanborn.
 
Olson arrested and making an appearance in court today. A criminal complaint says he admitted it was a fantasy, pulling a knife on somebody and thought she should service me.
 
Deputies reminding people to meet for interviews in public.
 
Child Care Director at the YWCA Valerie Spiering says when looking for a babysitter position try not to use Craigslist.
 
"Definitely check those references and make sure that its someone that's not necessarily a family member or a boyfriend or girlfriend," says Spiering.
 
The judge set cash bond at one hundred thousand dollars.