Steffany Caputo (47), formerly known as Stephanie Strickland, goes by “Stef Cap” on social media. She is an internet troll. She posts on social media at all hours of the day, criticizing the police and republican lawmakers. She shows up to community meetings and listening session, taking photos with her phone.
Caputo’s hatred towards cops started in 2011, after she divorced her husband. The family court didn’t give her what she thought was enough custody or placement of her children. Her ex-husband’s new wife was granted a restraining order against Caputo for allegedly stalking her. The ex-wife said that Caputo has severe mental illness that she is supposed to take medication for but does not. She said Caputo also abuses drugs and alcohol. Caputo began to have a great deal of police contact because she wanted the Kenosha Police Department to supersede the courts and give her more time than the courts allowed. They refused. She would oftentimes not exchange custody on time, or would arrive hours late and call the police, demanding to have the kids. One such time, she fought with police and the incident was caught on camera.
A sweet woman named Kathy who runs the front KPD desk was trying to assist Caputo on July 26, 2016. She was supposed to exchange custody with her ex husband at 10am that morning. She was a no-show. She showed up more than two hours late, demanding her kids to be brought into the police department. Caputo began to scream at Kathy. This caught the attention of several officers, including Lieutenant Gemignani. Gemignani said in his report that Steffany “began screaming loudly ‘I want my daughter!’ She pretty much lost it and was acting wild and screaming at the top of her lungs.” Police then told her to leave the building, but she refused. Gemignani’s report continued, “As the officers were escorting her out, she pushed them and she started to struggle with them and go into her purse… She flailed about.” In all, it took about 6 officers to arrest Caputo.
This arrest was caught on camera and lead to a criminal charge against her:
After this incident, Caputo called her Alderman (that was me) to report that the Kenosha Police were the most corrupt department in the world and were working with her husband to keep her away from her kids. She wanted an in-person meeting. I have heard about her being “off” so I was reluctant to meet with her alone. I brought a friend to Starbucks and asked my friend to sit down a couple of tables over. She saw my friend. She freaked out and went crazy yelling at me for bringing someone else to the meeting. “I’m sorry,” I told her. “I don’t meet with people alone.”
She then went on to accuse me of being in on the conspiracy of depriving her of seeing her kids. I looked into her a little bit. Here is her contact with police from the time of her divorce until her arrest in 2016:
Steffany now trolls people on social media every single day, for hours. Only those on the right though. She has now made friends with the ousted former Salem Lakes Board member Ted Kmiec. They attend meetings together regularly. Caputo is very similar in behavior to Ted’s wife.
The two started a Secret Facebook Group called the “Salem Lakes Sentinels” where the group is planning to take over the village board after all incumbents were kicked out of office by a 2 to 1 margin.
So when you see Caputo talking poorly about me, cops, or republicans, you know why. She thinks we are all involved in the conspiracy to keep her kids from her. Yes, it’s that crazy.