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Update: juvenile in custody for Black River Falls robberies



The Jackson County Sheriff’s office made an arrest in its search for two armed robbery suspects.


Detectives believe 17-year-old Treyton Laufenberg of Black River Falls and 25-year-old Jessie Blankenship of Chicago are connected to two separate robbery attempts in Black River Falls in late November.

Laufenberg was arrested and taken into custody by the Jackson county sheriff’s office, but the search contiues for Blankenship.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office asked the community to help locate two suspects wanted in connection with two armed robbery attempts in Black River Falls.


Detectives requested felony arrest warrants be issued for Treyton A. Laufenberg, 17, or Black River Falls and Jessie Blankenship, 25, of Chicago.

At about 11:00 p.m. on November 27, 2019, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Holiday Gas Station on Water Street in the City of Black River Falls for a report of an armed robbery. Two men with a handgun and a knife tried to steal money, according to witnesses. Those men fled the scene on foot. Detectives believed that the incident is in connection with an attempted robbery that took place on Nov. 21 at the Corner Store on West Main Street in the City of Black River Falls.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either suspect is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 715-284-9009. Law enforcement does not encourage the public to try to apprehend or confront Laufenberg and Blankenship.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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