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Jonathan Pogreba, fugitive for the 2nd time, arrested after hiding at Mukwonago hotel

Jonathan Pogreba

MUKWONAGO -- Jonathan Pogreba, 43, was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 11 after more than four weeks on the run -- a fugitive for the second time, after officials said he cut off his GPS monitoring device he was required to wear after a domestic incident in Eagle in June.

Pogreba was taken into custody after hiding out at a hotel in Mukwonago Tuesday morning. Taylor Warner, a hotel clerk, said law enforcement officials came to the front desk.

"They were armed. I only saw three inside. Walked in asking questions -- if I had seen a guy. They asked to go into his room to see if he was there," said Warner.

Meanwhile, a hooded Pogreba was caught on camera skulking through the halls and out an emergency exit after peeking out from Room 103.

Jonathan Pogreba

Jonathan Pogreba

Jonathan Pogreba

Jonathan Pogreba

Jonathan Pogreba

Taylor Warner

"Officers were running in the street and caught him because he ran out the back door," said Warner.

Though law enforcement officials were aware the fugitive was hiding at the hotel, Warner said hotel staff wasn't.

"We never saw him," said Sam Patel, front desk manager.

Patel said he believes a woman who booked the room two days prior helped Pogreba hide out.

Sam Patel

"She just came in. She called -- if we had rooms available. I said 'yeah,' and that was it. Nothing suspicious. She paid. I'm guessing he never came out of the room. We never saw him or her again," said Patel.

"I think they did a good job. I hope that justice is what gets done," said Warner.

Court records show Pogreba skipped a court hearing in Waukesha County Nov. 12, after he was released on $150,000 bond in the domestic violence case — posted on Oct. 29. A bench warrant was issued for Pogreba after he failed to appear in court. A felony bail jumping charge was filed on Nov. 30.

Town of Eagle domestic incident

Pogreba home

Pogreba spent more than two weeks on the run after a domestic violence incident in the Town of Eagle on June 5. On June 21, Pogreba surrendered after 16 days off the grid.

Pogreba has already pleaded not guilty to the following six charges, three felonies and three misdemeanors in connection with the alleged domestic incident in Eagle filed in June:

  • Battery, domestic abuse, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon, domestic abuse
  • Second degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon, domestic abuse
  • Intentionally pointing a firearm at a person, domestic abuse
  • Burglary of a building or dwelling
  • Take and drive vehicle without consent

Jonathan Pogreba

According to a criminal complaint, authorities were called out to a home on Wilton Road on June 5 -- where Pogreba's wife advised that she'd come home from work early and her husband was home. She said on June 4, she filed for divorce, and she said there was an argument when she got home, with Pogreba "saying something to the effect of he wanted to see the GPS on her car." They went outside, and Pogreba's wife went back in. Soon, she said Pogreba came in with a second phone belonging to her -- confronting her with it and saying "this isn't going to be good." That's when she said Pogreba pulled out a handgun from his waistband and began pointing it at her. She said she grabbed for the gun and pushed it upwards. She said Pogreba then pushed her outside and slammed her onto his car. She yelled that he had a gun, and said Pogreba told her not to scream, and that she didn't have to yell. She said she eventually ended up on the ground, with Pogreba on top of her.

At this point, she said her son came outside with a shotgun and confronted Pogreba. At some point, she said her son fired shots from his shotgun, and Pogreba fled. The son then drove his mother to the neighbor's house.

The manhunt began after that incident.

Jonathan Pogreba

"We locked our doors, which we never do. We were watchful about what was going on -- checking on the news, checking on news feeds," said the owner of Inside Designs in the Town of Eagle.

"I would think he wouldn't come back to the area it started. I definitely feel for his family going through this, because it is a small town," said Rachel Malik, owner of 1863 Coffee in the Village of Eagle.

Pogreba pleaded not guilty on June 29, when he waived his preliminary hearing.

Bail jumping charges filed in early November

A new criminal complaint was issued in connection with two new counts of bail jumping filed out of Waukesha County on Nov. 9. The complaint says on Nov. 8, a deputy made contact with Pogreba's daughter, who said Pogreba was violating the conditions of his bail by having contact with her mother. The daughter said on Nov. 7, she saw her mother with a flip phone, talking to someone. When she confronted her mother, she said the phone was given to her by Pogreba when Pogreba was released from custody. The daughter said her mother told her she and Pogreba had been in contact via the "burner phone."

Investigators spoke with the mother, who indicated after Pogreba's release on Oct. 26, they had spoken and met "several times" at his mother's house in Lake Geneva and in parking lots in Walworth and Waukesha. She said Pogreba's mother yelled at him, saying "you aren't supposed to talk to her." She noted they had contact nearly every day since he was released. She said Pogreba bought her the "burner phone."

Jonathan Pogreba

The complaint notes that Pogreba's conditions of bail from his June domestic case included no contact with his wife, and that he comply with GPS monitoring.

Online court records show Pogreba's wife filed for divorce on Nov. 13.

She previously filed on June 4.

FOX6 News reached out to Pogreba's criminal defense attorney, Donna Kuchler, regarding this new development. We were told "no comment."

Possible break-in by Pogreba in Trempealeau County

Sheriff's officials said back on June 7 they were notified by Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office that they believed Pogreba broke into a cabin in the Town of Preston while he was on the run. The caller, a neighbor to this property, reported that he talked to the owner of the cabin and was told that no one should be at the cabin.  The Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Office also spoke to the owner of the cabin and confirmed this information.  Officials said the owner of the cabin is related to Pogreba and does not live in Trempealeau County.

The Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance from the Blair Police Department, responded to this location and found that someone broke into the cabin and it appeared they moved on. Based on the evidence located in the cabin, the Waukesha County sheriff's officials said they believed it was Pogreba who broke in.

There was a small amount of blood left at the cabin, officials said, and a note was left that officials believe came from Pogreba, with the note stating that he took the plates off the white BMW that he was driving and would be travelling to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota where he would leave the car and move out on foot.

On June 7, officials released photos of the stolen BMW Pogreba was believed to have been driving -- a 2015 BMW 328XI -- a four-door sedan with Wisconsin license plates 128-YCW.

Stolen BMW in Jonathan Pogreba case

Stolen BMW in Jonathan Pogreba case

Pogreba’s credit card was used in Mauston -- and officials said they were attempting to gather more information on his financial purchases.

He was charged with criminal trespassing and theft of movable property, less than $2,500 out of Trempleau County on Nov. 28.

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