UPDATE: 15-year-old facing charges for incident at Trump rally; Search for pepper spray suspect continues

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UPDATED: Thursday, March 31, 2016 --- 3:30 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. --- A 15-year-old is facing disorderly conduct charges after she reportedly punched a man during a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The rally was held Tuesday outside the Holiday Inn Express during Trump's first campaign stop in Wisconsin.

Janesville Police Sgt. Aaron Ellis said the 15-year-old told police she punched a man after he sexually assaulted her. In a press conference Thursday, police said they have determined no sexual assault happened after reviewing videos and speaking with witnesses.

The teenager maintains she was sexually assaulted according to police.

Authorities said the 59-year-old man who was punched will not be pursing charges against the teenager.

Police did refer the teenager to Juvenile Authorities on disorderly conduct charges.

Police Chief David Moore said referring the teenager to Juvenile Authorities is the equivalent of an arrest in Wisconsin. He said he does not believe the girl will spent any time in jail.

Since the 59-year-old decided not the press charges police said the teenager will not be facing an assault charge.

Another man pepper sprayed the teenager in the face after she allegedly punched the 59-year-old. Police are still looking for the suspect who pepper sprayed the girl.

The 15-year-old and another woman were taken to the hospital following the incident.

If you have any information about the suspect involved in the pepper spray incident, please contact the Janesville Police Department or the Janesville Area Crimestoppers.
UPDATED Thursday, March 31, 2016---11:16 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Police say they're still looking for the man suspected of pepper spraying a 15-year-old girl during an altercation at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Wisconsin.

Janesville police said early Thursday that investigators had located the suspect, but police Lt. Keith Lawver later said that wasn't the case. Lawver says police are still seeking the man.

Lawver says investigators have talked to the man accused of groping the girl who was pepper-sprayed at the crowded rally outside a Janesville hotel and convention center Tuesday.

He says the investigation continues and police aren't ready to give the case to prosecutors.

A 19-year-old woman standing near the girl at the rally was also treated for pepper spray, though she wasn't directly hit.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 --- 12:20 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. --- Police have released photos of a the man that may have been involved in an incident at the Donald Trump rally in Janesville Tuesday.

Lt. Keith Lawver with the Janesville Police Department said the man pictured is a suspect in the incident.

Police said the man is believed to have pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl as opponents and supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump clashed outside a Wisconsin rally.

Janesville Police Sgt. Aaron Ellis said the girl told police she punched another man who groped her. Police also want to interview that man.


UPDATED: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 --- 7:30 a.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Police are looking for a man who pepper-sprayed a 15-year-old girl as opponents and supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump clashed outside a Wisconsin rally.

The altercation is the latest in a series of confrontations that have marred recent Trump events.

Janesville Police Sgt. Aaron Ellis said Wednesday that investigators have photos taken by participants at the demonstration outside the Holiday Inn Express on Tuesday, which could help to identify the man with the pepper spray.

Ellis said the girl told police she punched another man who groped her. Police also want to interview that man.

The girl and a 19-year-old woman standing next to her in the crowd were taken to a hospital, treated and released. Ellis says the girl could face charges for punching the other man.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 --- 10:27 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. --- Authorities were concerned about security at Tuesday's event with such a large turnout.

Despite the numbers, Janesville police say overall it was a good day.

Janesville Police Chief Dave Moore says two suspicious packages were found and cleared, a 15-year-old was groped by a man and she and one other person were pepper sprayed by someone in the crowd.

"I got maced!" Emily Sylvester, a Trump protester, says. "Because we're protesting. We were in there protesting and there was three of us that got maced. Somebody, I didn't see who it was. This old man put his hands on this girl and she was going to go after him. Next thing you know, I get pepper-sprayed

Although no one was arrested Tuesday, six people were taken into custody Monday night.

"We got out this morning at about 4 a.m," a protester, Johanna Heineman-Pieper says.

She was one of them. She says she was fighting for what she believes in.

"I've just been getting a lot more knowledge as to all of the beliefs and all of the things that Donald Trump has been saying, and so many of those things directly target me," she says. "I am a gay woman of color and I think that says a lot."

Being arrested for the first time, she says she was prepared for it, but that doesn't mean it was easy.

"It was scary," she says. "It was very scary, not only were we scared of the unknown, but we were also scared of just the counter protesters. We were in the middle of their hotel."

And that didn't stop her from coming back Tuesday.

"I'm glad that I was able to be one of the six in there sharing what I believe, and the fact that so many have those similar beliefs really means a lot because this is all coming out of love to end the hate, end the racism," she says.

Protesters made it very clear that they wanted everything to stay peaceful today.

Janesville police say the incidents today are under investigation.


UPDATED: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 --- 5:30 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. --- Roads have reopened following Donald Trump's rally and police say they were successful in keeping the area secure.

With a thousand people inside the Holiday Inn Express, and an additional thousand outside, police say the incidents that did unfold were well contained.

Two suspects are being sought for one of those incidents. One for sexual assault and the other for deploying pepper spray.

Police say a 15-year-old Janesville girl was sprayed by someone in the crowd as she pushed a man away after he groped her. Another 19-year-old Madison woman was exposed to the pepper spray. Both were treated at local hospitals.

At one point there was concern about a suspicious vehicle left abandoned in the middle of a street. Police say they were worried there was an explosive device in the car, but as they were processing it, the owner returned and no explosives were found.

Police also had to clear two suspicious packages found in the area.

More than 350 officers from 20 agencies were there for crowd and traffic control.

"The intent of the Janesville Police Department was to facilitate the constitutional rights of free speech and assembly in a safe and nonviolent environment," said the Department in a news release. "For the most part, we were successful."


UPDATED: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 --- 5:30 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Donald Trump is suggesting that next week's Wisconsin primary could be the last stand for his Republican rivals.

Trump, in a rally in Janesville, Wisconsin on Tuesday, said that "if we win Wisconsin, it's pretty much over."

Trump has a significant lead in delegates over Ted Cruz and John Kasich but is not yet on pace to clinch the nomination before the Republican convention in Cleveland this summer.

The celebrity businessman noted that the next primary after Wisconsin is his home state of New York, where he said he expects to win handily. The Wisconsin primary, which is expected to be close, is set for April 5.

Two protesters left Trump's rally in its first 20 minutes but neither made much of a disturbance.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 --- 5:20 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- Donald Trump is making his first campaign appearance in Wisconsin ahead of the state's key Republican primary.

Trump held a rally Tuesday in Janesville, Wisconsin -- the hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan. He began his remarks with sharp criticism of the state's governor, Scott Walker, who endorsed Trump's rival, Ted Cruz, earlier in the day.

Trump said that the governor "certainly can't endorse me after what I did to him in the race."

Walker ended his own presidential campaign last year.

Trump belittled Walker's handling of Wisconsin's economy -- and the governor's habit of riding motorcycles.

"The motorcycle guys like Trump," the candidate exclaimed, who then admitted he was somewhat surprised by that since he's not "a big motorcycle guy."

The state's primary is April 5.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 --- 4:30 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. --- The Janesville Conference Center where Donald Trump is set to speak has reached capacity.

A big line of people waiting to get inside to hear the presidential frontrunner speak at his first campaign appearance in Wisconsin were not able to go inside.

Event staff tells NBC15 there will be speakers outside so those who were not let in can hear the speech.

As of 4:30 p.m. Trump has not appeared. He was set to begin speaking at 4 p.m.
Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 --- 2:50 p.m.

JANESVILLE, Wis. --- Supporters and protesters of presidential candidate Donald Trump have been lining up hours ahead of Trump's first campaign appearance in Wisconsin.

The presidential frontrunner will be speaking at 4 p.m. in the Janesville Conference Center.

Supporters began lining up outside the hotel as early as 8 a.m. Tuesday where they were able to buy Trump buttons and t-shirts.

Janesville Police Chief David Moore said police are worried those wishing to go to Trump's town hall will be turned away. Moore said 5,000 tickets were given away for the event, but the venue only seats 1,000.

Supporters and protesters have remained civil toward each other so far according to law enforcement working the event.

Moore said anywhere from 1,400 to 4,000 protesters are expected Tuesday. NBC15's news team said as of 4 p.m. a couple hundred protesters were there.

Approximately 75 protesters showed up Monday night at the Holiday Inn Express and Janesville Conference Center. Six protesters were arrested because they refused to leave according to officials.

Person of interest in possible assault and pepper spray incident. Photo courtesy of the Janesville Police Department.