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‘Unimaginable tragedy’ is avoided: 19-year-old arrested for attempted kidnapping in DeForest, police say | Crime | #childabductors

A 19-year-old was charged Friday with stalking and attempted kidnapping after police say he parked outside outside a young woman’s house in DeForest with a semi-automatic rifle, handcuffs and a plan to sexually assault her and threaten to kill her, according to writings obtained by officers.
“We were able to stop an unimaginable tragedy,” village of DeForest Police Chief James Olson said at a news conference Friday.


Gabriel S. Savage, 19, of DeForest, is facing two felony charges stemming from the March 20 incident in which he attempted to kidnap a young woman that he had an infatuation with while they were in high school together, according to a probable cause statement from DeForest police. The young woman told police she barely knew him.

Savage was in the Dane County Jail Friday after a judge set a $15,000 cash bail during an initial appearance.

DeForest police responded to a 911 caller who reported a suspicious vehicle on a street in the village of DeForest around 10 p.m. March 20, Olson said.

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Officers found Savage alone in the car dressed in all black clothing, Olson said. The vehicle was parked on the wrong side of the street with its lights off.

When talking with Savage, officers saw an AR-style, semi-automatic rifle in the front passenger compartment of the vehicle, Olson said. While searching the vehicle, officers also found ammunition and two pairs of handcuffs.

Savage had roughly 180 rounds of rifle ammunition in his pockets and more than 90 additional rounds in the vehicle, according to the criminal complaint filed against him. He claimed he was just out driving and had the gun for his own protection.

Savage was initially arrested for operating while under the influence of prescription medications and having a firearm while under the influence, Olson said.

During the arrest, Savage was acting lethargic and told officer he had taken six pills of Lorazepam, a sedative, according to the probable cause statement.

The village of DeForest Police Department held a news conference Friday to discuss the arrest of Gabriel Savage on stalking and attempted kidnapping charges. 

Savage has multiple mental health conditions and made statements in 2018 that he wanted to commit a school shooting, according to the criminal complaint.

Later, officers searched Savage’s apartment and found handwritten notes detailing a plan to harm a young woman, according to the complaint. Olson said the writings demonstrated a “clear and present danger.”

Some of the handwritten papers talked about crushing up drugs in a beverage and offering it to the young woman so she became unconscious, sexually assaulting her, and holding the woman at gunpoint and threatening to kill her if she makes any noise, according to the complaint.

Savage’s mother told officers that her son had an infatuation with a young woman that he had gone to school with since seventh grade, the statement says. His mother gave police a notebook, written by Savage, that included the young woman’s name and her address. Savage’s parents also found a knife and two more sets of handcuffs in their son’s vehicle, according to the statement.

The young woman told police she knew Savage, but only talked with him a couple of times over their multiple years in school together, according to the statement. She feared Savage “hurting or killing herself, her family or her friends in the future,” the complaint said.

She was home when police say Savage was outside waiting in the car on her street.

Olson said an investigation is continuing, and anyone with information about the incident is asked to call DeForest police at 608-846-6756 or the department’s anonymous tip line at 608-846-6771.

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