Robbery suspect in Baraga court
L’ANSE – One of two men suspected in the armed robbery of two Watton residents in August and another robbery in Long Lake, Wis., has been arraigned in Baraga County District Court.
Bernard Fish, 47, of Shawano, Wis., was arraigned on seven charges stemming from the August incident near Covington.
Fish was arrested by U.S. Marshal deputies and local law enforcement officers after a traffic stop in his hometown in early October.
His bond was set at $1 million. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 12.
In Baraga County, Fish is charged with two counts of armed robbery, a felony punishable by life in prison; two counts of extortion, a 20-year felony; two counts of unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony; and impersonating a police officer to commit a crime, a four-year felony.
Fish 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 scheduled for a pretrial in Baraga County Circuit Court Friday. He is charged with two counts of armed robbery.
Waupoose has not yet appeared in Florence County Court for his charges there