Robbery suspect in court


For The Daily News

L’ANSE – The preliminary hearing for a suspect in a Baraga County armed robbery case was adjourned Tuesday until December.

Bernard Fish, 47, of Shawano, Wis., appeared in 97th District Court in L’Anse.

Fish’s attorney, David Gemignani, said he needed to study a videotape relevant to the case, which would be available Tuesday or Wednesday.

“We’ve already waived the 14-day rule,” he said. “What we’re requesting is to start the prelim at another day after we’ve had the chance to review this.”

The preliminary hearing was tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 10. Fish faces 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 co-defendant Donavan Waupoose, 21, of Stephenson, face identical charges. In August, they allegedly posed as U.S. marshals and demanded $10,000 from Watton residents, as well as taking wallets, identification and other documents.

They are also accused of committing a robbery in Long Lake, Wis., after fleeing the Baraga County area.

In the Long Lake incident, Waupoose allegedly set a friend up to be carjacked and robbed by Fish.

According to the criminal complaint in the case, Waupoose and his friend were supposed to meet at Flatlanders Bar for some drinks.

When the friend arrived at the bar, he did not see Waupoose.

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 vehicle at the time were two other friends and their children.

Fish is accused of stealing a cell phone and some money before ordering everyone out of the vehicle near CJ’s Bar in Newald, Wis.

In a statement to police, the victim said that he believed Waupoose wanted the medical marijuana that was in his vehicle.

Waupoose was arrested in Stephenson shortly after the incident. Fish eluded capture until October, when he was arrested after a traffic stop in Shawano.

Waupoose is scheduled for a three-day trial in Baraga County Circuit Court starting Feb. 26. Baraga County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary said last week he would like to try both cases then.

Neither Waupoose nor Fish have yet appeared in Florence County Court for charges stemming from the Long Lake incident.