Lantern Project: Since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added to the lamppost in front of Hope House a purple wreath. We will turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We will post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities. We know the list of stories we post here is incomplete. We strive to learn about and share these stories but know that there are some that we and the media miss. If you see a news story of a death in WI related to domestic violence and don't see it posted here, please feel free to let us know about it here. Thank you.
January 26th, 2020: Daniel Colon Jr., Age 30 – Glendale
A 25-year-old Milwaukee man has been charged with killing his coworker’s boyfriend in a Bayshore parking lot. Jose Aviles Hernandez was charged Jan. 31 in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 30-year-old Daniel Colon, who was found shot to death at about 8:25 a.m. Jan. 26 in the U.S. Bank parking lot.
Colon and his girlfriend had been living together for nine years and had two children together, according to court documents. On the morning of his death, Colon had been arguing with his girlfriend in the U.S. Bank parking lot at Bayshore about her friendship with Aviles Hernandez, one of her coworkers at The Cheesecake Factory, the documents said.
Aviles Hernandez and Colon’s girlfriend were expected to start work at 8 a.m. When Aviles Hernandez arrived at the restaurant, Colon confronted him about his relationship with his girlfriend, according to court documents. Colon then told his girlfriend to drive to where Aviles Hernandez’s car was parked, where Colon used a tire iron to smash one of Aviles Hernandez’s car windows. The couple then returned to the U.S. Bank parking lot, according to court documents.
Aviles Hernandez, armed with a gun, then ran toward Colon, who was standing in front of the open passenger side door of his girlfriend’s car. A witness saw Colon pleading with Aviles Hernandez not to shoot, according to court documents. Colon tried to run away, but Aviles Hernandez fired multiple shots at Colon, killing him, according to the documents. Aviles Hernandez is in custody at the Milwaukee County Criminal Justice Facility. His bail has been set at $150,000 cash. He is due in court again Feb. 7 for a preliminary hearing.
February 2nd, 2020: Jay Puestohl, Age 67 – Oshkosh
An Oshkosh man has been charged in the stabbing death of a retired police officer.
According to a criminal complaint, Ian Suzuki, 28, fatally stabbed Jay Puestohl, 67, on Sunday. Prosecutors say the two had a disagreement over conditions a third person, Wendy Suzuki, was setting for Ian Suzuki to live at her property. Winnebago County District Attorney Christian Gossett confirmed Wendy Suzuki is Ian Suzuki’s mother.
The complaint calls Wendy Suzuki and Puesohl “friends.” Gossett couldn’t confirm if they were romantically involved, and the complaint doesn’t list why Puestohl was present. During Suzuki’s initial court appearance Thursday, a $500,000 cash bond was set.
“This had to do with trying to impose some restrictions and get some behavior modifications and get the defendant under control and obviously his reaction resulted in the case we’re dealing with today,” Gossett said. The criminal complaint says Ian Suzuki allegedly stabbed Puestohl in the neck. Puestohl was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Wendy Suzuki, 63, was also injured in the attack.
Police say when they arrived, Ian Suzuki told them, “I stabbed him in the neck, you need to save him.” He further kept repeating, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” according to the complaint. At the scene, Ian Suzuki told police he had eaten morning glory seeds the morning before and had spent the night at the hospital. In an interview with investigators, Wendy Suzuki said Ian Suzuki had a history of mental illness, was taking medication and seeing a psychiatrist. “At this point we’re not certain all of the different variables that we’re dealing with here regarding any possible mental health considerations and AODA issues,” Gossett said. Suzuki returns to court Feb. 13 for further proceedings, and Feb. 17 for a preliminary hearing.