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UPDATE: Janesville man found stabbed to death

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JANESVILLE (WKOW) --  A 40-year-old Janesville man is dead, and his neighbor is in custody.

Police say they were called to 31 S. Main Street in downtown Janesville around 10:30 Tuesday night for a welfare check. A neighbor had heard shouting and banging noises upstairs.

When officers arrived, they found 53-year-old William Davis at his door.

Deputy Chief Dan Davis said, "He opened the door.. and charged them immediately."

Officers tased Davis and took him into custody, only to get another call from a neighbor, saying they'd found 40-year-old Joseph Hanson, fatally stabbed to death in his bed.

Hanson lived next door to William Davis.

Deputy Chief Davis said, "Through our investigation, we were able to link Mr. Davis to the homicide in all probability."

Angela Collas owns the coffee shop downstairs. She said Hanson frequented her shop.

Collas said, "Joe would come in and drink coffee. He'd just sit; he liked to listen to his radio."

Officers say Davis suffered from mental health issues, and court records show he'd had contact with Hanson before.

In 2007, Davis was charged with disorderly conduct. According to the criminal complaint, Hanson told police Davis came into his apartment, yelling, "I'm going to get this guy."

Police haven't released a motive yet in this case.

Davis is currently undergoing a mental evaluation and has not yet been charged with this crime.

Hanson's parents tell 27 News he was one of 11 children. He attended Big Foot High School, where he succeeded in multiple sports including track and field and wrestling. He's remembered as well-liked, and mild-mannered.


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Officials have identified the victim in the stabbing death investigation as 40-year-old Joseph Hanson.

Janesville Police say they arrived at an apartment building to check on the welfare of the suspect, William Davis, Tuesday evening.  He came out of his apartment and ran towards officers.  They used a taser to get him under control.  Davis was transported to Mercy Hospital for a mental evaluation. 

Later Tuesday evening, a neighbor called Police and said they found Hanson with multiple stab wounds. 

Police do not have a motive.  Officials say the two men were neighbors.


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Police say a 53-year-old man is in custody, after a man was stabbed to death in downtown Janesville.

Deputy Chief Dan Davis says a neighbor at 31 S. Main Street called police about a disturbance at 10:34 Tuesday evening.

They say 53-year-old William Davis was taken into custody and to a mental health facility to be checked out.

They believe Davis is responsible for the stabbing death of a 40-year-old neighbor.

That man's name has not yet been released.

Davis says he does not see a history of mental illness in William Davis' contacts with police previously.

Teresa Mackin is heading to Janesville, and will have an update on this story on 27 News at 5, 6 and 6:30.

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