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Knapp man charged with police battery

A Knapp man made his first court appearance Tuesday on charges of police battery, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

Jacob J. Mueller, 23, was charged with the felony and three misdemeanors following an incident the morning of Aug. 5 in the City of River Falls.

The criminal complaint alleges:

Around 2 a.m, police were called to a fight in the parking lot between Jimmy John’s and Junior’s Bar. Upon their arrival, they heard some yelling coming from a low swampy marsh area off the parking lot. They got closer and saw Mueller having the other man in a headlock and unwilling to let go. River Falls and UW-River Falls police officers tried to loosen Mueller’s grip on the other man’s head, but Mueller wouldn’t give up.

They were eventually successful while Mueller was shouting obscenities at them. The obscenities continued as Mueller was put into handcuffs and as he was told to sit on a hillside. During one exchange, as Mueller was being verbal and combative, he kicked the UW-RF police officer in the thumb.

More officers arrived, including a River Falls police sergeant who had to use a stun gun to subdue Mueller, along with deputies from Pierce and St. Croix counties. The complaint states, as he was placed in the back of a River Falls car, the yelling and kicking continued.

For more please read the Aug. 14 print version of the Herald. 

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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