Residents of Barron and Rice Lake face a variety of charges stemming from an Oct. 16, 2018, confrontation in which one of the defendants allegedly brandished what proved to be a fake gun and threatened to shoot a witness, according to Barron County Circuit Court documents.
The defendants are identified as Brandon M. Benson, 18, 1528 Hammond Ave., Rice Lake, and Jaden R. Wolfram, 19, 1009 E. LaSalle Ave., Barron.
Rice Lake police were called to the Walmart parking lot on the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 16, on a report of a man with a gun.
A witness told police he had been at the parking lot with his daughter when he saw a man, later identified as defendant Benson, spit on the hood of a car. The witness confronted the man and asked if he would like it if someone did that to his car. The defendant allegedly brought out “a small, black handgun” out of his waistband, and said “I’m going to put two through your chest” as he pointed the gun at the witness
The witness gave police a description of the car and its license plate. Rice Lake officers found and stopped it at a street corner in Rice Lake. The driver was identified as defendant Wolfram, who was with a girl. During a search, police allegedly found defendant Wolfram in possession of a marijuana pipe and a digital scale.
The girl told police she had witnessed the confrontation in the parking lot, and that defendant Benson “gave her his BB gun and asked her to put it in the glove box.”
Police later located “a replica BB gun which weighed and looked like a real firearm.”
At the time of the incident, both defendants were free on bond in connection with earlier misdemeanor charges, Benson for retail theft, and Wolfram for disorderly conduct, marijuana possession, and bail jumping.
Bond conditions required both to commit no new crimes.
The complaint charges defendant Benson with the use of a facsimile weapon and disorderly conduct, and defendant Wolfram with possession of drug paraphernalia. Both defendants were charged with misdemeanor bail jumping.
Court records show defendant Benson made an initial appearance Wednesday, Oct. 17, and is free on $2,500 signature bond pending an Oct. 24 court hearing. He was also ordered to pay his court-appointed lawyer at a rate of $100 per month starting in November.
Defendant Wolfram is also scheduled for an Oct. 24 court hearing.