Wis. murder suspect caught in New Castle

A man wanted in Wisconsin on a murder charge was arrested after trying to elude a New Castle officer and losing control of his vehicle on a snow-packed, icy roadway late Tuesday night.

Benjamin M. Germano, 32, of Wauwatosa, Wis., near Milwaukee, was taken to Garfield County Jail, where he remains in custody on a first-degree intentional homicide charge. Germano, who faces life in prison if convicted, was being held without bond and had a court appearance scheduled for this afternoon.

Germano is suspected of killing 24-year-old Sarah Rosio, the mother of his child, Jan. 13, and then driving around with her body in his car trunk before leaving it in a shipping container at a West Allis, Wis., business.

New Castle police said in a news release that officers in the Garfield County region had been advised Tuesday to be on the lookout for Germano, possibly traveling west on Interstate 70 from Eagle, and driving a 2001 Toyota Corolla. Germano reportedly may have used an ATM machine in Eagle.

New Castle police officer Phillip Thompson spotted a vehicle matching the description heading west at the I-70 interchange in New Castle about 11:40 p.m. Thompson began to follow the vehicle, which then turned around, headed east in the westbound lanes and exited at the interchange. The vehicle then accelerated and headed east on U.S. Highway 6 with Thompson in pursuit, until Germano lost control of the vehicle, police said.

Germano was arrested without further incident, and he made no statements during his arrest, police said.

Police said his vehicle had fictitious Kansas license plates.

According to a criminal complaint posted on the Web site of a Fox News channel in Wisconsin, police learned of Rosio’s disappearance Jan. 21 after taking a report about her car sitting in a Wauwatosa parking lot for several days.

A police officer then spoke to Germano, who said he parked it there after dropping her off at an airport.

The same day the car was found, a woman contacted police and said Germano told her he snapped and killed Rosio after Rosio attacked him in front of their child. In a recorded phone call, he then told the woman where he left Rosio’s body, the complaint says.

It says Germano’s best friend told police Germano left his child with him, saying he needed the friend to care for the child because he had killed Rosio.


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