Beating suspects charged


Staff Writer

CRANDON, Wis. – Four Wabeno suspects accused of assaulting a man and leaving him for dead in the woods near Crandon, Wis., have been formally charged.

Authorities say the victim, a 40-year-old Prairie du Chien man, was found lying on a trail in the woods near Bug Lake by two all-terrain vehicle riders on March 12.

Raymond Jones, 45, April Jones, 38, Justin Bey, 21, and Samantha McClellan, 18, all of Wabeno, Wis. face numerous felony charges.

Each has been charged with one felony count of first degree attempted homicide; one felony count of aggravated battery with intent to do great bodily harm; one felony count of false imprisonment; one felony count of kidnapping/seize or confine without consent; and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

In addition, Raymond Jones and Justin Bey each face one felony count of strangulation and suffocation.

The names of two juvenile suspects also arrested have not been released.

The Forest County Sheriff’s Office incident report states that the injured Prairie du Chien man was found lying in the snow without pants. The two ATV riders took him to Fire U Smoke Shop in the town of Lincoln, where authorities were notified.

Police say the victim may lose one leg at the knee and the other foot due to frostbite. His face and nose were bloody, both of his eyes were black and blue and nearly swollen shut.

He was taken to a hospital in Marshfield, officials said. Officials there had no update on his condition.

The victim told deputies he was beaten and choked over the course of two days prior to being dropped of at the end of Bug Lake Road in the town of Lincoln in Forest County. He named those involved in the beating.

Authorities say the suspects attacked him based on their belief that he had touched a child inappropriately.

The report states that deputies searched the Wabeno house shared by the suspects and seized iron leg shackles, a choker collar, a chain, handcuffs, two computers, seven cell phones, a BB gun piston and a broken cane that April Jones said was used to beat the man.

According to the incident report, April Jones said that she met the man on the internet and that he had been picked up in Prairie du Chien, Wis., and brought to Wabeno in early March.

Under questioning, April Jones told deputies that the man was beaten, kicked and choked on Monday, March 10, spending that night on the floor in a corner of the dining area.

Jones told police that the following day, the victim tried to escape by running out of the front door of the house, but he was chased down and brought back inside, where he was beaten further.

Later that afternoon, he was taken to an area on Bug Lake Road beyond where the town quits plowing, where he remained for more 20 hours.

The incident remains under investigation.

Bey and McClellan are due in Forest County Circuit Court on March 24, Raymond Jones is to appear on March 26, and April Jones is scheduled for her adjourned initial appearance on April 9.

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