BARABOO (WKOW) -- When 27 News first visited the neighborhood where 26 year-old Jeremy Felix lives on July 25th, neighbors knew all about his violent past.
"Shock, disbelief, that something like this could come into a small, quiet community," said Holly Hobler at the time.
Now there is even more alarm, since the company that takes care of Felix is building a fence so he can go out in the yard.
"We have had violent situations occur inside this secure facility. For us to believe that those would not continue outside that facility is rather silly," said Lt. Rob Sinden of the Baraboo Police Department.
In 2010, Felix was convicted of a felony for strangulation and suffocation in Wood County. So far this year, at least three former caregivers have filed complaints with Baraboo Police stating that Felix violently attacked them. All of that has police questioning the wisdom of Dungarvin LLC, the state-contracted company in charge of his care.
"We've had so many incidents that have occured indoors that sent individuals to the emergency room that we're very concerned now that this violent person, this client, is a step closer to freedom," said Lt. Sinden.
Police are concerned because nothing about the fence is secure.
"This fence is a simple plank and board, dog-eared style fence, so, it is allowed by ordinance, its legal by ordinance, but again, its not designed to contain people," said Lt. Sinden.
But there is nothing police can do to remove Felix from the home or force Dungarvin to relocate him. Lt. Sinden says that's because this type facility, which has just two clients, isn't addressed in state statute.
Baraboo Police have asked Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton) and Rep. Fred Clark (D-Sauk City) to look at possible legislation to make sure that type of facility isn't allowed in a residential neighborhood.
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