Sex offender believed to have cut off ankle bracelet back in custody, 1 at large, police say

Buman and Fitzsimons
Buman, Fitzsimons

DARLINGTON, Wis. — A registered sex offender who allegedly cut off his monitoring bracelet Thursday was arrested early Friday, officials said.

The Darlington Police Department on Thursday asked for help finding 48-year-old Matthew Buman, after he reportedly cut off his ankle bracelet with a knife Thursday at about 3:45 p.m., according to a news release.

Police said Buman was released from prison and the state Department of Correct0ions placed him in an apartment on Main Street in Darlington under active supervision last July.

Police Chief Jason King said Buman was arrested at about 1:30 a.m. Friday at a tavern only a block away from Buman’s home. Bumon was arrested without incident and taken to the Lafayette County Jail on a DOC hold.

According to police Thursday, authorities believed Buman could have been in the company of another many who is wanted for absconding by the DOC: 29-year-old Timothy Fitzsimons. Fitzsimons is 6 feet tall, weighs 229 pounds and has hazel eyes and brown hair.

King said Fitzsimons was not with Buman when he was found, and Fitzsimons is still at large. Police asked anyone who sees Fitzsimons to call 911.

King said Friday that the incident is under investigation.

When Buman was released in July 2019, his criminal history included second-degree sexual assault of an adult, battery, operating a vehicle without consent, false imprisonment, theft and possession of methamphetamine, according to a previous article from News 3 Now. In that article, Chief of Police Jason King said Buman has no ties to the city of Darlington.

“Yes, I have a problem with this, but I acknowledge there is nothing I can do about it,” King said. “It seems illogical to place these guys into an unfamiliar community where there’s no support network for them. I realize the dilemma the DOC is in, though, in that nobody wants these types of people released into their community.”