Madison police confirmed Monday that the suspect in the murder Thursday of a 13-year-old girl is the girl’s father.
Travis M. Christianson, 44, is tentatively charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of Addrianna Christianson in the family’s home on the city’s Southwest Side. He also faces a tentative charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide for an alleged attack on another person in the home.
Christianson is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Tuesday, according to the Dane County District Attorney’s office. A criminal complaint had not yet been filed in the case as of Monday afternoon.
Police were called to the single-family residence in the 3000 block of Dorchester Way Thursday night for a report of a stabbing. An officer who arrived on the scene encountered Christianson as he was leaving the home at about 9 p.m. and ordered him to the ground, but Christianson kept advancing, police said, so the officer shot him with a Taser.
Madison police previously said that the other victim, whom they declined to identify, had been released from a hospital. According to city property records, the house where the killing occurred at 3046 Dorchester Way has been owned since 2006 by Travis M. and Dawn R. Christianson. On Monday, a woman at the house declined to comment, as did several neighbors.
Addrianna would have been an eighth-grader at Savanna Oaks Middle School in the Verona School District, according to district spokeswoman Raechelle Belli.
“We are deeply saddened by this event and send our deepest sympathies to her family during this difficult time,” she said. “We are reaching out to students, families and staff with support services to deal with grief.”
Belli said Travis Christianson worked as a custodian for the district at Glacier Edge Elementary and has been placed on administrative leave.
Addrianna’s death came as a shock to Daniela Tallard, who said her now 14-year-old twin boys regularly played with the girl when they all lived in the same neighborhood before Tallard moved in 2018. She said she did not know the Christiansons well but said she never saw any sign of domestic violence in the home.
“There’s never been a safety concern,” Tallard said. “My children spent quite a bit of time there.”
“They seemed like a normal married couple with one child,” she said. “That’s why this is very shocking.”
The state of Wisconsin filed criminal complaints Tuesday against Khari Sanford and Ali'jah Larrue, both 18 and of Madison, who are charged with first degree intentional homicide of Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, also both of Madison. Their bodies were found by a jogger on the morning of March 31. Carre was found dead and Potter was taken to a hospital where she died shortly thereafter.
Travis Christianson has no prior criminal record in Wisconsin, according to online court records.
Addrianna Christianson’s death is the eighth homicide in Madison this year. There were four homicides in the city in 2019.
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Officers responded to reports of two vehicles driving next to each other on East Bluff — a short road and parking lot that provides access to condominiums — around 2:40 p.m. when at least one gunman fired from one car at the other, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
One of the vehicles stopped in the 400 block of North Sherman Avenue. Police found a male passenger dead inside the car.
Man shot at Far East Side hotel dies; Madison police believe shooting was targeted
A man shot at a Far East Side hotel Tuesday night in an apparent targeted shooting has died, Madison police said Wednesday morning.
The 18-year-old Dane County man was shot about 8:30 p.m. at the Red Roof Inn, 4830 Hayes Road, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
Violent Crime Unit detectives believe the man was targeted and they are working to identify a suspect, DeSpain said.
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Police, family saying little about investigation of alleged hate crime
Nearly three weeks after an alleged racist attack on a biracial woman in Downtown Madison,
police and the woman’s family are saying little to nothing about whether the authorities are any closer to identifying the perpetrators.
Althea Bernstein, 18, of Monona, told police she was stopped at a stoplight, possibly on West Gorham Street at State Street, at around 1 a.m. June 24 when she was approached by four white men, one of whom yelled a racial epithet.
One of the men allegedly sprayed her with lighter fluid through her open driver’s-side window and then threw a lit lighter or match at her, setting her face and neck on fire before she patted out the flames.
Mexican American man charged with hate crime in 'intentional' crash that killed white motorcyclist
A Mexican American man from Wisconsin is charged with homicide as a hate crime because prosecutors say he
intentionally crashed his pickup truck into a motorcyclist and killed the man because he was white.
Daniel Navarro, 27, of Fond du Lac, told investigators he had been harassed by co-workers and neighbors, and poisoned, drugged and verbally attacked by white people because of his race, authorities said.
Man found dead in Monona pond was wanted for attempted homicide in shooting that injured 2 people
Authorities identified a man found dead Monday in a Monona retention pond as a
Madison man who was being sought for a shooting in April that injured two people.
The body of Rodney J. Freeman Jr., 21, was found in the retention pond in the 500 block of River Place. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office said the man was from Madison.
A person walking in the area noticed the body Monday night, and preliminary results of the autopsy confirmed that Freeman’s death was consistent with a drowning, the Medical Examiner’s Officer said.
More charges filed against man accused of extorting, threatening Madison businesses
Dane County prosecutors have filed felony charges against three men after they allegedly threatened to damage two
Downtown Madison businesses or harm their employees if they didn’t give the men food, beer and money.
Devonere Johnson, 28, Gregg James Jr., 23, and William Shanley, 25, were charged Friday with threatening to injure or accuse a person of a crime after allegedly making threats at an unnamed State Street bar on June 23. Johnson, a local activist who also goes by the name Yeshua Musa, is also charged in a separate case for allegedly demanding money the day before at The Coopers Tavern, 20 W. Mifflin St.
Johnson’s forceful arrest at the Capitol Square restaurant on June 23, the day after he allegedly tried to extort money from its owner, sparked violent protests that night that toppled a pair of statues on the Capitol grounds.
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According to police, Grant said she had recently broken up with the 25-year-old man, whose name had not been released by authorities, and that
he had followed her into the parking lot of the East Bluff condominiums, where they exchanged words. Grant told police she shot the man as he got into her car.
Grant said she drove away, and the man ended up back in the car he had been riding in with at least one other person, police said. The driver of that car stopped in the 400 block of North Sherman Avenue after seeing firefighters in the area and going to them for medical help. Police said they found the man dead inside the car.
District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Friday that he asked the Dane County Sheriff’s Office to release Grant without bail while the investigation continues.
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Robbers rip purse away from woman out for walk on Far West Side, flee in stolen car, Madison police say
Robbers ripped a purse away from a woman out for a walk on the
Far West Side on Tuesday morning, then fled in a stolen car, Madison police reported.
The 44-year-old Madison woman was walking about 6 a.m. near the intersection of South High Point Road and Welton Drive when two men ran up from behind and ripped her purse from her hand, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement.
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A 77-year-old woman was battered and robbed by a
would-be carjacker Thursday morning on the Far East Side, Madison police reported.
The woman told police she had left Walgreen's, 4518 Cottage Grove Road, and was walking to her car when she realized a stranger was following her, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement.
The woman said she got in her car and locked the doors as the man approached the passenger side window. She rolled it down slightly as he was trying to talk with her, and the man initially asked for directions, but then reached in and unlocked the door, DeSpain said.