UPDATE: Marqanette Shepard was charged Monday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with robbery, harboring a felon, four counts of identity theft and felony bail jumping. If convicted, Shepard faces up to 52 years six months in prision and/or fined up to $100,000.
ORIGINAL STORY: Racine police say a man and a woman have been arrested for strangling a woman in her home, locking her in her basement and robbing her after one of them met the victim online.
Terry Lee Shepard, 22, of Green Bay, and Marqanette Shepard, 20, of Racine, were booked into the Racine County Jail on suspicion of strong armed robbery, attempted homicide, and false imprisonment. Terry Shepherd is also facing a charge of strangulation and is wanted by the U.S. Marshall service for a homicide that occurred April 15 in Green Bay.
According to a press release from the Racine Police Department, Terry was invited July 1 to the victim’s home after meeting her online. When he arrived, investigators say he was accompanied by Marqanette, and, together they tied up the woman and locked her in her basement. Terry is accused of strangling the victim into unconsciousness and the pair allegedly also threatened the safety of the woman’s children.
Marqanette was apprehended at 4 p.m. July 3, according to the release, and police learned that Terry was hiding at a residence in Kenosha.
Terry is being held at the Racine County Jail on the homicide warrant out of Green Bay, but both Shepards will most likely also face charges in Racine County after the District Attorney’s office officially filed criminal complaints against them with the above listed charges.
This incident remains under investigation. If anyone has information, they can leave an ANONYMOUS tip with Crime Stoppers at 262-636-9330, or by texting RACS plus the message to CRIMES (274637) and referring to Tipsoft I.D. #TIP417 with your text message.