Arrest warrant issued after Clintonville carjacking

Police say it didn't take long to identify Seth Genereau, who's also a suspect in other crimes
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 8:18 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2022 at 7:37 PM CDT
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CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (WBAY) - An elderly Michigan man was carjacked at a gas station in Clintonville Tuesday. A felony arrest warrant is issued for Seth Genereau, who police say arrived at the gas station in a different stolen car.

Clintonville police say Genereau stole a 1965 red Ford from Hortonville. According to the criminal complaint says the car had a mechanical issue, and Genereau ended up at a Citgo gas station on Clintonville’s north side.

Gas station clerk Jeremy Merrigan said Genereau tried to break into his car, which was locked. Then he spotted a minivan, driven by an 81-year-old Michigan man, coming out of the car wash.

Merrigan described, “He came up to the gentleman, told him he was having some car trouble in the back, so the old guy got into the back of his car, and as soon as he did that the younger guy jumped into the driver’s seat to drive away. The old guy went to grab him, fell down in the process, scraped his elbow and the guy was gone.”

Genereau drove away in a black, 2020 Chrysler Pacifica with Michigan license plate DWF 1599.

The 81-year-old victim is from Michigan but has close ties to the area. He’s recovering from his injuries.

Police Chief Craig Freitag said, “81 or 18, this is something that does not happen typically in a small city. We’re not happy about it. But people need to be aware of their surroundings because it can happen. We’re fortunate enough this is a safe community and this doesn’t happen every day.”

Genereau, 23, is charged in Waupaca County court with two counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Owner’s Consent, including one count with an enhanced penalty because the victim was an elderly person; Robbery with Use of Force, with an Elder Person Enhancer; Physical Abuse of an Elder Person; and Theft of Movable Property.

Police say Genereau is no stranger to law enforcement in Waupaca County as he’s being investigated for other crimes as well.

Anyone who thinks they’ve seen Genereau or has information that could lead to his arrest should call 911 or the Clintonville Police Department, (715) 823-3117.

Police say Genereau has a New London address.

Seth Genereau is suspected of stealing two cars, including at least one by force
Seth Genereau is suspected of stealing two cars, including at least one by force(Clintonville Police Department)