3/24/2020 7:26:00 AM Car chase, battery leads
to multiple charges for
several in Lake Tomahawk 'I have a brother that killed someone'
Abigail Bostwick of the Lakeland Times
A hang-up phone call that led police to an abandoned vehicle in rural Lake Tomahawk has resulted in a variety of battery and intimidation of witness charges against at least five area people.
According to court records, shortly before midnight on March 16 the Oneida County sheriff's dispatch office received a call asking, "Can you help me?" However, the caller did not identify a location or problem before hanging up. Multiple deputies, as well as a Woodruff police officer, responded to the area where the cell call pinged, near State Highway 47 and Lyannis Road.
Law enforcement first came upon an abandoned Chrysler car with a hot engine, markings along the sides and back as though "someone was trying to get in the vehicle or someone was beating on the side of the vehicle," according to police reports.
Officers also observed "many" footprints around the car, the reports indicate.
Shortly thereafter, a truck was seen driving down the road away from the abandoned Chrysler. That truck - a Nissan - pulled into a driveway. After a check of the Nissan's Wisconsin plate, law enforcement realized the truck was not associated with the unoccupied seasonal property it was sitting at. Officers approached the Nissan, noting "multiple" people inside of it, according to court records.
Gwendolyn Ann Theobald Allen, 20, Lac du Flambeau, was at the driver's seat. Also identified inside were Katie Armstrong, 20, Lac du Flambeau; Jon Crum Lussier, 20, Rhinelander and Jalen Lussier, 25, Rhinelander, among "others." When asked, no one in the car would admit or give logical explanations as to why they were parked in the driveway or what was going on with the abandoned Chrysler, according to police.
Eventually, Theobald Allen admitted that Armstrong, Crum Lussier and Lussier were in the car with her when they first made contact with the "individuals in the abandoned Chrysler," police reports state.
Officers located the Chrysler driver and spoke with citizen witnesses who observed events leading up to the scene. According to those reports, both the Chrysler and Nissan were seen driving near County Road K and State Highway 47 when the Nissan allegedly began "chasing" the Chrysler and flashing its lights at it. The Nissan then pulled in front of the Chrysler and swerved, causing the Chrysler driver to slam on the breaks so hard they were injured hitting the steering wheel and disabling the vehicle, which came to a stop, reports state.
One of the five riders was seen fleeing into the woods while Armstrong, Theobald Allen, Lussier and Crum Lussier reportedly left the Nissan and "... began scream ng at the passengers in the Chrysler" and began "... pulling at the doors to get the passengers of the Chrysler out of the car."
One of the men is said to have gotten on top of the car and jumped on it. Something also hit the window of the car, smashing it, court reports note.
One 14-year-old juvenile in the Chrysler was allegedly pushed to the ground by Theobald Allen after trying to leave the car. Another passenger from the Chrysler ran into the woods while the other Chrysler occupants were put into the Nissan by Jon Crum Lussier and Jalen Lussier, the report states.
Once inside, the Lussiers reportedly told the passengers they would "beat the shit out of them" if they told anyone what happened and also that they had "a brother that had killed someone," court records note.
Old and new charges
Armstrong, Theobald Allen, Crum Lussier and Lussier were arrested. Several already had open cases against them.
Also taken into custody was Jameson Thoms, 18, Lac du Flambeau, who was escorted from the Nissan to a squad while officers were investigating. He initially used a false name, but was identified from prior booking photos. At one point, he slipped his handcuffs to the front of his body to remove wrapped up green, leafy substance from his shoe, according to police reports.
Jalen Lussier is on extended supervision for robbery/use of force after serving a prison sentence. His preliminary breath test was .09. New charges against him include felony harboring/aiding a felon and intimate victim/use or attempt force and misdemeanors disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property as party to a crime. He also has open citations for possession of THC and trespass to land in Oneida County.
Crum Lussier had a preliminary breath test of.077. He is charged with felony intimidation of a victim/use or attempt force and harboring/aiding a felon. He further faces citations for trespass to land, underage possession and causing a disturbance/disorderly conduct.
Armstrong tested .115 on a preliminary breath test. She has an open misdemeanor case in Oneida County where she is facing charges of felony first degree recklessly endangering safety (as party to a crime), disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping. She also has citations filed for trespassing and underage possession.
Thoms was had a preliminary breath test of .05. He is charged with misdemeanor possession of THC and resisting/obstructing an officer. Thoms also has citations filed against him for underage possession and resisting an officer.
Theobald Allen has an open Vilas County case for felony child abuse. She faces felony charges of intimidate victim/use or attempt force, battery and bail jumping and misdemeanors bail jumping, criminal damage to property and two counts disorderly conduct.
She also has traffic violations of reckless driving/endangering safety and not wearing a seatbelt and citations for underage possession and underage drinking filed against her.
All of the defendants have adjourned initial appearances coming up this month and into April.
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