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Police Arrest Wisconsin Man Accused Of Preying On Women He Met At Bars, On Dating Apps

Timothy Olson was arrested by Franklin, Wisconsin police for alleged kidnapping a woman he met at a bar. He faces charges of identity theft and questioning in a suspicious death in three other jurisdictions.

By Dorian Geiger
Dating App Tragedies

A Wisconsin man accused of victimizing women he’d met on dating apps and in bars was taken into police custody this week.

Timothy Olson, 52, was arrested on Tuesday on kidnapping, burglary and identity theft charges after he allegedly attacked a 79-year-old woman at gunpoint, the Franklin Police Department said.

Franklin police say Olson confronted the elderly victim at gunpoint in a bar parking lot on Nov. 23 after she declined a drink from him. He allegedly forced her into her car and “held her for a number of hours,” ABC News reported. According to authorities, Olson ordered the victim to drive at least one bank machine and used one of her cards to withdraw money.

The woman was uninjured in the incident but was “very shook up,” Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva said, per ABC.

"Please be on the look out for Timothy Olson," the Franklin Police Department posted on Facebook prior to his arrest on Tuesday. "Do not attempt to contact or apprehend him. Call 911 immediately to report his location."

Oliva claimed that Olson had been linked to at least two other burglaries in the area prior to being taken into police custody.

A police handout of Timothy Olson

Olson is wanted by several other law enforcement agencies for other potential crimes.

Mt. Pleasant police have an arrest warrant pending for Olson on five counts of felony personal identification theft for personal gain related to a Sept. 2 incident. 

Officials in Racine issued advisories warning women in the area about Olson’s alleged actions for weeks leading up to his arrest. They stated he was wanted for a similar incident to the one in Mt. Pleasant, in which "a male subject who has met women on dating apps ... victimizes them, resulting in financial loss."

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Olson is also a person of interest in the death of a 55-year-old Kim Mikulance, who collapsed and died after she sat with Olson at a south Milwaukee bar earlier this month.

Milwaukee investigators had been seeking to interview Olson related to the incident prior to his arrest.

Mikulance was reportedly a regular at the bar Powers on 10th in South Milwaukee when, on Nov. 17, police say she underwent an “unknown medical emergency.” She was rushed to hospital and died five days later. 

"I saw the look on her face and I saw she was holding a drink and she kind of started leaning back," bartender Sam Anderson, who witnessed the incident, told Milwaukee outlet WISN. "She was in here for maybe five minutes until she hit the ground."

A surveillance recording showed Mikulance seated at the bar with Olson before she collapsed. Milwaukee police said autopsy results are pending.

"At this time, the investigation is ongoing and it is not known if any crime has occurred, or if this incident is related to any other investigations by other jurisdictions," the department said in a statement on Nov. 22.

The incident marks the third-known incident involving a woman who has become unconscious in the company of Olson, according to the Racine Police Department. 

Additional information hasn’t been released. Authorities, however, suspect there are “likely” more victims of Olson who haven’t yet come forward. Officials cautioned he also has ties to northern Illinois. 

"We're glad he's off the street," Oliva of the Franklin Police Department stated. "There's no doubt this person would continue to do what he did until caught."

It's unclear if Olson has retained legal representation to comment on his behalf.

Anyone with additional information pertaining to Olson is urged contact the Racine Police Department Investigations Unit by calling 262-635-7756. Anonymous tips can also be submitted via the Crime Stoppers tip line at 262-636-9330.

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