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Woman says she escaped from Steven Zelich

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WEST ALLIS (WKOW) -- A Milwaukee woman says she could have likely been a victim of a former West Allis police officer suspected of killing two women and dumping their bodies in Walworth County.  The incident happened more than a decade ago.

WKOW's affiliate in Milwaukee, WISN-TV, reports police went to an apartment in West Allis 13 years ago, for a report of a woman in her underwear banging on a door, saying she escaped from another apartment across the street where a man had tried to rape her. 

The police report on the incident says Zelich invited the victim to his apartment for a drink and when he showed her the bedroom, "Steve dropped something into his rear pants pocket that...sounded like handcuffs."

The police report went on to say, "Steve stood in the doorway with his arms and legs spread... grabbed her and threw her to the ground." And that when she asked, "Are you going to kill me?", Zelich responded, "Are you going to have sex with me."

In speaking with WISN 13 years after the incident, the woman said, "He had plans to do to me the same thing he did to the other ladies." She added that she knows she's the one that got away.

The woman was arrested on an open prostitution warrant and the police department never referred Zelich to the district attorney's office on possible criminal charges. He ultimately resigned from the department.

West Allis Police Chief Charles Padgett told WISN the woman, who wishes to remain unidentified, wasn't interested in attending a hearing or district attorney review, which would have been necessary for Zelich to face charges.

The woman counters that she never refused to cooperate with the investigation into the incident, adding that she believe West Allis failed her and the two women found dead in the suitcases last month.




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