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Knapp man gets probation for resisting officer

As part of a deal, a Knapp man pled guilty Monday to three misdemeanors in Pierce County Circuit Court stemming from an August incident which injured a UW-River Falls police officer.

Jacob J. Mueller, 24, was placed on two years’ probation for resisting/obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, with seven days jail as a condition.

He was originally charged with felony battery to police officer, but the charge was dismissed.

The criminal complaint alleged:

Around 2 a.m. Aug. 5, police were called to a fight in the parking lot between Jimmy John’s and Junior’s Bar in River Falls. Upon their arrival, they heard some yelling coming from a low swampy 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 UWRF 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.

On the ride to Ellsworth, Mueller was said to be shrieking and head butting, also making death and sexual threats to the officer, his wife and family.

The UWRF police officer went to the River Falls Hospital to get an X-ray of his thumb, as the complaint said it was becoming swollen and difficult to bend. The X-ray confirmed his thumb was fractured.

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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