Armed robbery suspect caught
By NIKKI YOUNK
CALUMET – The second suspect in two armed robberies, one that occurred in Baraga County and one that occurred in Long Lake, Wis., has been apprehended in Wisconsin after being on the run for about two months.
Troopers from the Calumet post of the Michigan State Police said that the man was arrested Wednesday following a traffic stop in the Shawano, Wis. area.
Although troopers did not identify the man in their most recent press release, they had previously identified him as Bernard Fish of Shawano.
Troopers said that after the traffic stop, the man ran from the vehicle. However, he was taken into custody without incident a short time later, they added.
The man is being lodged in the Brown County Jail until his arraignment in U.S. Federal Court in Green Bay, Wis. on charges of impersonating a federal agent.
Troopers said that once he is extradited back to Michigan, he will be arraigned on local charges.
Those charges stem from Aug. 1 incidents.
The man and a co-defendant, 21-year-old Donavan Waupoose of Stephenson, are accused of holding two people in Baraga County at gunpoint and stealing their wallets and personal identification.
The Long Lake incident occurred later that same day.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Florence County Court, Waupoose and Fish worked together to commit a carjacking.
The complaint states that when the victim called Waupoose to wish him a happy birthday, Waupoose asked the victim for some money. The two decided to meet at Flatlanders Bar for some drinks.
When the victim arrived at the bar, he did not see Waupoose’s vehicle.
Instead, he was approached by an unknown man, later identified as Fish, who jumped into the back of his vehicle and pointed a gun at him.
Also in the victim’s vehicle at the time were two other friends and their children.
The victim claimed that Fish stole a cell phone and some money before ordering everyone out of the vehicle near CJ’s Bar in Newald, Wis.
In a statement to authorities, the victim said that he believed that Waupoose set him up for the carjacking/armed robbery that Fish committed.
The victim also believed that Waupoose wanted the medical marijuana that was in his vehicle.
Waupoose was apprehended in Stephenson a few days after the incident.
He is currently going through the Baraga County Court system for charges of armed robbery, extortion, unlawful imprisonment, and impersonating a police officer to commit a crime. He has not yet appeared in Florence County Court for his charges there.
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