KENOSHA COUNTY -- Another day searching for homicide suspect Andrew Obregon means another day on high alert for those who live in and near Kenosha County. It has nearly been a week since the search began -- and Obregon hasn't been apprehended.
Obregon is a suspect in the homicide of Tywon Anderson, whose body was found in a field of corn off Highway A in Kenosha County on September 26th. Anderson had been reported missing just one week earlier.
Since last Friday, October 2nd, Obregon has had allegedly committed multiple crimes in the Kenosha County area. Officials say he's stolen cars, burglarized and robbed businesses and led police on high-speed pursuits.
As the manhunt for Obregon continues, safety precautions have been implemented in communities along the Racine and Kenosha County border, including at Brighton Elementary School. The school is 1.5 miles away from where Obregon was last seen two nights ago -- on Tuesday, October 6th, when he eluded officers once again.
Tuesday night was the last time Obregon was spotted by officials.
Officials suspect it was Obregon on Tuesday night -- in a vehicle that reached speeds of more than 100 miles-per-hour.
Sheriff Beth said the pursuit began near Highway 11 in Racine -- after the Racine County Sheriff's Office took a call regarding a suspicious vehicle in an industrial lot in the area. Responding deputies spotted Obregon getting into a vehicle that he may have been working on -- a Dodge Ram pickup truck.
The chase ended up in Kenosha -- with the vehicle going into a farm field near Highway 75 and 18th Street.
Sheriff Beth said deputies lost sight of Obregon when Obregon turned down a dirt road that "he has driven hundreds of times before," and then turned his lights off -- disappearing behind buildings, eventually exiting onto a road and heading out of the area.
"He has no regard for life. We knew that before. He likes the fact that he's getting into these chases. He's able to go into these fields in stolen cars in most cases, and get away from these officers and hide. He knows these farm fields and back roads really, really well. The difficulty (in capturing Andrew Obregon) is these corn fields. They are over the tops of cars. He will drive down gravel and dirt roads that are not muddy with no recent rain -- and tractor trails that are solid. He always goes and returns to farms and properties he knows. He's turning down these roads. We use extreme caution. For one deputy sheriff or one officer to turn down these roads, all by himself, we would wait. We would stand by, wait, circle the area, and try to locate him," Sheriff Beth said when speaking with the media about this manhunt on Wednesday evening.
FOX6 News has learned more about Obregon's past.
Oak Creek police say in July, someone called to say they thought Obregon was trying to break into their home. Officers say he fled at a high rate of speed on a motorcycle.
In March, he's accused of leading Kenosha County Sheriff's deputies on a wild high-speed chase reaching speeds in excess of 112 miles-per-hour -- breaking through fences and flying through intersections.
Sheriff Beth has said he's had contact with Obregon since he was a teenager -- even saying there was a time when, as the D.A.R.E instructor, he would pick up Obregon at his home to ensure he would get to school on time.
Students at Brighton Elementary School, which is the school Obregon attended as a child, have not been able to go outside for recess or gym in four days. It's part of the "semi-lockdown" the school is in as a result of the countywide search for Obregon.
"We don't know what he's thinking. And as time goes on, of course we think he'll get more desperate, and what does that mean? We don't know," the principal said.
The school's principal says throughout this time, communication has been key, especially with law enforcement officials, parents and students. After all, it is a relatively small community where everyone knows each other.
"Sheriff Beth has always been available. Every phone call I've put through to him, he's answered," said Principal Penny Boileau, Brighton Elementary School.
They're on edge, but parents say they are pleased with how school officials are handling things. On Friday, October 9th a field trip is planned. School officials have coordinated that with law enforcement as well.
The search for Obregon is having an impact on businesses in Kenosha and Racine counties. At the E.C. Cafe on S. Beaumont Avenue in Kansasville, 'cantina night,' a Thursday tradition, was a bust on Thursday, October 8th.
"This is not a normal night at all. I mean, my tables are empty. People are saying they're locking their doors by 7:00. They're staying inside," a restaurant official said.
Next door at Gambler's Tavern, Tina Benser said this manhunt is changing the community.
"I'm having panic attacks. It's serious. Everything is locked up. It never was before. I never locked my doors. It's frustrating. Very frustrating. You can't live a normal life," Benser said.
Sheriff Beth says his staff is "exhausted" and "they have had little or no sleep the last few days." That said, Beth says they are still placing additional personnel out on the roads and following up on all information that comes into the Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Beth says Andrew Obregon is addicted to crack -- and has indicated he wants to go out in "a blaze of glory."
"I think he is using his money to go buy his crack, and stealing cars to keep his habit going. I have a hard time believing that anyone would be sheltering him – especially since we arrested his own mother and are holding her in jail," Sheriff Beth said.
Anyone with information about Obregon’s whereabouts is urged to call the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department at 262-605-5100. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call the Kenosha Area Crime Stoppers at 262-656-7333 or toll free at 800-807-8477. Information leading to arrest and conviction may result in a reward up to $1,000.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe.com account has been set up to raise money for funeral arrangements for Tywon Anderson. CLICK HERE to learn more, or to make a donation.
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