UPDATE: Police Arrest Madison Man for Attempted Homicide

UPDATED: Wednesday January 23, 2013------6:00 p.m

21-year-old Andrew Meis appeared in court today.

The court ordered Meis undergo a mental evaluation exam at the Mendota Mental Health Institute.

According to the criminal complaint, Meis, who is diagnosed with paranoid delusions and auditory hallucinations, was admitted to the Psychiatric Unit at UW-Hospital by his father earlier this month after making statements to him on his intentions to kill his neighbors and one of his friends.

Meis believed the neighbors made noises intentionally to bother him and were reading his thoughts through his television.

Meis' lawyer says Meis' past record shows that he tried to seek help more than once.

A $200,000 bail was set for Andrew Meis today.


UPDATED: Friday January 18, 2013 --- 4:30 p.m.
BY: Barclay Pollak

" It definitely caught my attention."

Ben Van Iten lives in what we now know is the same apartment building as Andrew Meis.

Meis is the 20-year-old who Madison Police say had plans to kill a 21-year-old man and a 54-year-old woman.

Van Iten says he was at home yesterday when he noticed police in his building's parking lot. He didn't think anything of it until he got a

" My first reaction was to make sure my door was locked honestly, " says Van Iten. " It just makes you think because you see people in the hallway everyday and you have no idea. I probably have passed this guy a bunch of times. "

According to police they recovered more than just an AK-47 from the suspect's apartment. They also found a military style knife and more than enough ammunition.

Joel Despain the Madison Police Department's Public Information Officer says, " He had been able to also purchase a significant quantity of ammunition."

Police also said today that Meis ordered the gun online. The weapon was then shipped to a firearms dealer in Dane County and Meis picked it up.

Van Iten says he may have been shaken when he first heard the news. But yesterday's events and today's news haven't changed his opinion about the area he lives in and he doesn't plan on leaving.

UPDATED: Friday, January 18, 2013 -- 6:29 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Madison police say a man with a history of mental illness planned to kill two people with an assault rifle he bought online.

The 20-year-old man was arrested Thursday. He's being held in the Dane County Jail.

Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says the intended victims were a 54-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man. DeSpain says the man was acquainted with both. He says an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition were found in the man's Madison home.

he man's mother tells the State Journal her son had recently been hospitalized in the psychiatric unit at University Hospital.

Copyright: Associated Press 2013

UPDATED Thursday, January 17, 2013 --- 4:07 p.m.

Police tell us the suspect in this case purchased the weapon online. He also knew both people he allegedly planned to kill.

More information in this case is expected to be released on Friday.


Posted Thursday, January 17, 2013 --- 3:26 p.m.

Incident Report from the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type: Arrested Person

Incident Date: 01/17/2013 - 11:00 AM

Address: 4700 block Hayes Rd.

Arrested: Andrew J. Meis, age 20, Madison
Mr. Meis was arrested and tentatively charged with Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, and Disorderly Conduct.

Victim: Female, age 54, Madison
Male, age 21, Madison

Details: A 20-year old Madison man was arrested this morning for attempted 1st degree intentional homicide following a MPD investigation. Mr. Andrew J. Meis is accused of planning to kill two Madison residents: a 54-year old woman, and a 21-year old man. An AK-47 rifle and ammunition were recovered from his Hayes Rd. residence. The suspect was apprehended before any gun violence took place.

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