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Chippewa Falls (Press Release) - On Monday, October 8, 2012 at approximately 6:06 p.m. Sergeant Dave BeBeau observed two vehicles parked behind the Northridge Center, 475 Chippewa Mall Drive in Chippewa Falls.
As he passed, he observed a male standing between the two SUV's, passing an item between them. One of the vehicles (green Chevrolet Blazer) also had a broken passenger side window. Sgt. Bebeau alerted to Lieutenant Michael Farley, who was nearby. Lt. Farley and Sgt. Bebeau made contact with the lone man, later identified as Jason J. Roach of Oklahoma.
Mr. Roach said that he had borrowed the Chevrolet Blazer (with the broken window) from a friend, and it had broken down the night before and this is where he left it. He continued to explain that he drove to the area on this date by borrowing a girlfriend's red Jeep Wrangler, which was the other vehicle. Mr. Roach said that his girlfriend was Tiffany Holmes. The owner of the Chevrolet Blazer did not know Mr. Roach and that he did not have permission to have that vehicle. The owner had parked the Chevrolet Blazer in that location just prior to this incident.
Mr. Roach physically resisted both Lt. Farley and Sgt. Bebeau as they attempted to place handcuffs on him. Both police officers suffered a number of strikes, punches, and kicks from Mr. Roach. He was eventually subdued once the taser was deployed. Mr. Roach was taken to the Chippewa County Jail for arrest processing.
Police learned that Mr. Roach was wanted in Oklahoma for 2 counts of Armed Robbery and Kidnapping with a Firearm. The red Jeep Wrangler he was driving was stolen from Eau Claire and the registration plates on the Jeep Wrangler were stolen from UWEC, along w/ multiple items from the vehicle. A loaded .380 handgun was found on the passenger seat, stolen from a parked vehicle in Eau Claire.
The officers speculate that Mr. Roach fired the handgun to shoot the window out of the Blazer. There is approximately $1,000 damage to the Blazer due to the window being broken and the dashboard being destroyed from the expended round. Police believe the expended .380 round is lodged in the Blazer.
The girlfriend, Ms. Holmes, also had a warrant for Armed Robbery in OK and was later apprehended by the Lake Hallie Police Department.
Police Chief Wendy Stelter praised the work of the Lt. and Sgt. and is thankful that they were not seriously injured. "This incident, including the degree of violence and the use of firearms is very concerning to me. It is happening way too frequently. Fortunately for all of us, these officers acted on their suspicions."
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