The arrest of a man accused of preying financially on women he meets through dating apps follows weeks of warnings from Wisconsin police to be on the lookout for the alleged perpetrator.
It also came as the man – Timothy Olson, 52 – was wanted for questioning over the recent death of a woman he was with at a south Milwaukee bar when she fell unconscious, dying days later, according to police. She was the third woman to lose consciousness in his presence, according to police. His death is under investigation and it is not known at this time whether a crime has been committed, police said.
Olson was arrested Tuesday in Franklin, Wis., after allegedly committing three burglaries in the city, including one involving a 79-year-old woman who pushed him away from a bar. A warrant has also been issued for his arrest for personal identity theft after he allegedly withdrew hundreds of dollars from a September date’s bank account.
“We’re glad he’s off the streets,” Franklin Police Chief Rick Oliva told reporters on Tuesday. “There is no doubt that this person would continue to do what they did until they were taken.”
While multiple investigations involving Olson are ongoing, here’s what we know so far.
A woman who resides in Mount Pleasant, a village in Racine County, has a date with Olson that allegedly ends in her debit card being stolen and $800 being withdrawn from her account, according to a criminal complaint. The woman was only identified by her initials in the complaint.
The victim connected with Olson on Match.com, where he allegedly went by the name “Tim Wilson”, according to the complaint. She had met him in person once or twice prior to that date, during which they visit several facilities in Racine, Zion, Mount Pleasant and Caledonia, according to the complaint. At around 10 p.m., she asks him to drive because she is tired and “she quickly fainted”, according to the complaint. The woman doesn’t remember anything else from that night and believes she might have been drugged, according to the complaint.
When she wakes up, she finds that Olson had taken her car, according to the complaint. When she contacts him about it, he claims he doesn’t remember anything from the night and suggests she drugged him, according to the complaint. He reportedly told her that he left the car at an Applebee’s and she was able to pick it up there.
At one point, the victim also discovered four unauthorized withdrawals from her debit card totaling $800 at two gas stations, prompting her to contact law enforcement, according to the complaint. She initially thought her card was stolen from a bar that night, although CCTV footage reportedly captured Olson withdrawing funds from ATMs at both locations – September 2 at around 10 p.m. and September 3 around 6 a.m., according to the complaint. .
Mount Pleasant Police Department detectives were unable to locate Olson’s Match.com profile and believe he deactivated the account, the complaint states.
A warrant is issued for Olson’s arrest in connection with the Sept. 2 incident, according to court records. He faces multiple counts of personal identity theft for profit, according to the criminal complaint. The complaint notes that Olson uses multiple aliases, including Timothy Wilson.
The Racine Police Department is issuing a Safety Alert regarding Olson to “warn Racine County women and seek the public’s assistance in locating a male subject who has met women on dating apps and is victimizing them, resulting in financial loss”.
“The Racine Police Department is seeking to speak to Olson regarding a similar incident outside of our jurisdiction,” the department said. A spokesperson later confirmed to ABC News that they could not share further details due to the ongoing investigation.
Olson was with Kim Mikulance, 55, when she passed out at Powers on 10th, a bar in south Milwaukee, according to local police. Mikulance suffered an “unknown medical emergency” at the bar and was taken to a local hospital, police said.
Surveillance video shows Olson and Mikulance, a Cudahy resident who was a regular at Powers on the 10th, sitting together at the bar before losing consciousness, police said.
“I saw the look on her face and I saw she was holding a glass and she kind of started to lean back,” Sam Anderson, who was a bartender at the time, told WISN, affiliated with ABC Milwaukee. “She stayed here for maybe five minutes until she hit the ground.”
The Racine Police Department is updating its initial security alert to say that Olson was linked to “another woman at a bar who fell unconscious in his presence” on November 17 – the incident at Powers on the 10th, a department spokesperson confirms.
This is the third woman Racine police are aware of in other jurisdictions who “became unconscious in the presence of Timothy Olson,” the department said.
Mikulance died in hospital, police said. His death is being investigated by the South Milwaukee Police Department, which is awaiting autopsy results. Olson is a person of interest in the investigation and is wanted for questioning, according to police.
“At this time, the investigation is ongoing and it is not known if a crime has been committed, or if this incident is related to other investigations being conducted by other jurisdictions,” the department said.
Olson reportedly found his next victim at a bar in Franklin, a town in Milwaukee County. He approaches a 79-year-old woman at an unidentified establishment and offers to buy her a drink, though she refuses, according to Oliva. When she left, he allegedly approached her in the parking lot with a gun, forced her into his car and held her “for several hours,” Oliva said. They go to at least one ATM and he allegedly took his cards and withdrew cash, according to Oliva.
Olson is spotted in Franklin at a business on South 27th Street at night, according to local police.
Officers spot a man believed to be Olson pushing a bicycle on the 7000 block of South 35th Street in Franklin around 10:15 a.m. local time, according to Oliva. When officers approach, he flees to a nearby condominium complex and, after a “brief struggle”, he is shocked and taken into custody, according to Oliva.
He faces charges of kidnapping, burglary and identity theft stemming from the Nov. 23 incident in Franklin, Oliva said. Prior to his arrest, Olson was allegedly involved in at least two burglaries in Franklin, according to Oliva.
While in custody at the Franklin Police Department, Olson is being questioned by detectives from the Franklin, Racine and South Milwaukee Police Departments, according to Oliva.
Olson is being held by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, according to online records. It is not known if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
Police in all jurisdictions continue to work on the evidence.
“These are active investigations,” Oliva said. “There’s a lot of evidence to process.”