Saint Croix County authorities said a potentially dangerous situation was discovered at a Somerset apartment where a man was later arrested. Sheriff Scott Knudson said “suspected bomb material” was found Friday morning in a unit at the EZ Living Apartments complex on Main Street. A 30-year-old resident was arrested and was being detained in the Saint Croix County jail on a Department of Corrections hold, Knudson said. Formal charges, he said, could be filed as soon as today.
The Saint Paul bomb squad was first called to the scene, the sheriff said.
All the suspicious materials were removed and taken off-site, where Knudson said they were being investigated. The Marathon County bomb squad and a hazardous materials unit from Eau Claire were also called to assist, according to the sheriff.
The discovery occurred at about 3:30am Friday, March ninth, by a deputy who was making a death notification at the unit. Knudson said the deputy spotted suspicious items while performing the duty and began an investigation that led to multiple squad cars descending on the apartment grounds. He gave full credit to the deputy, Charles Coleman, for preventing a potentially dangerous outcome.