Madison fugitive found hiding behind fake wall in woman’s home; both charged

Madison fugitive found hiding behind fake wall in woman’s home; both charged

A fugitive was found hiding behind a false wall in an east Madison home Wednesday, according to a news release.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said 33-year-old Jeremy E. Waugh, of Madison, was arrested when deputies and the U.S. Marshals Service served a search warrant at 939 Rockefeller Lane.

The sheriff’s office said Waugh was found hiding in an elaborately planned space inside a bedroom closet, in the home of his friend, 47-year-old Tracy R. Martinez.

Waugh was sought on charges of strangulation and substantial battery as a repeat domestic violence offender and a probation hold, the sheriff’s office said.

He struggled with deputies Wednesday, which resulted in an added charge of resisting arrest, according to the news release.

Martinez was also arrested and charged with harboring or aiding a felon. Her two children, ages 7 and 11, were home at the time, officials said.