But .44 magnum revolver allegedly stolen by PWHS student remains missing
Police investigating the theft of a handgun that resulted in a Port Washington High School student being charged with a felony last week have arrested a second teenager but continue to search for the weapon — a Ruger .44 magnum revolver.
Joshua R. Schires, 18, a former Port High student who now lives in the Madison area, was charged Monday with having possession of the stolen gun, a felony punishable by a maximum three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.
Schires also faces a misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer for allegedly lying to police.
Last week, 17-year-old Dakota Manske, a Port High senior, was charged with stealing the gun from a house across from the high school in July.
Manske was stopped by police on his way to school Monday, Oct. 12, and subsequently arrested after police received several tips about the gun.
People interviewed by police, many of them Manske’s peers, said the Port Washington teenager kept the powerful handgun under the spare tire in the trunk of his car and showed it to them in a city parking lot that is next to the school and used as a student parking area during the school day, authorities said. Witnesses also told police Manske showed the gun to them in the parking lot of Culver’s restaurant in Port three or four weeks ago.
Manske’s arrest and the fact the gun remains missing triggered concerns among the parents of Port High students last week, some of whom kept their children home from school on Tuesday, Oct. 13. Authorities said there was no indication Manske intended to harm anyone with the gun.
Manske and Schires each posted $500 bail and have been released from the Ozaukee County jail.
Schires’ arrest sheds some light on the case, but Port Washington Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said this week that the investigation and search for the gun continue to be complicated by misinformation.
“There have been a lot of twists and turns in this investigation,” Hingiss said. “It would be a lot easier if people would tell us the truth.
“We’re still hoping somebody will come forward and tell us where the gun is.”
According to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, Schires was in Port Washington at the beginning of October for Port High’s homecoming and was given the gun by Manske in the Arby’s restaurant parking lot on the north side of the city.
Schires told police that he took the gun to his Madison-area home and kept it there for about a week until Manske came to retrieve it, the complaint states.
But, Hingiss said Tuesday, Schires changed his story and now contends Manske did not drive to the Madison area to retrieve the gun. Instead, Schires claims he showed the gun to a black man who took it from him in the Maple Bluff suburb of Madison, Hingiss said.
Schires told police that he reported to Maple Bluff authorities that the stolen gun in his possession was taken from him, but Port police have been unable to confirm that, Hingiss said.
“We believe Joshua Schires knows more than he’s telling us,” he said.
Schires’ version of events conflicts with statements from Manske, who according to the criminal complaint admitted taking the gun and ammunition from a house at 404 W. Jackson St. and keeping it in the trunk of his car, which was secured by a bungee cord.
But Manske told police he discovered the gun was missing from the trunk of his car on Oct. 9 and had no idea who took it, the complaint states.
Hingiss said police have obtained the serial number of the gun, which could help police track down the weapon if it is turned in or confiscated outside of Port Washington.
According to the rough description police have, the gun is a silver-colored Ruger .44 magnum revolver with a wooden handle.
Manske faces one felony count of theft of a gun, which is punishable by a maximum three years in prison and three years of extended supervision, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person younger than 18, punishable by a maximum nine months in jail. He’s scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 28.
Schires was released from jail Monday and ordered by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Joseph Voiland not to possess firearms or have contact with Manske while free on bail.
He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 5.
Police are asking people with information about the gun theft or the location of the weapon to contact them at 284-5575 or anonymously by texting to 847411, keyword PWPDTIP.