Suspect charged with threatening an officer
Avery Miles Richey, 26, of Green Lake, is charged with criminal threats against an officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.
Shortly before 2am on Saturday January 1, officers were dispatched to the Econo Lodge on West Fulton Street in response to a disorderly complaint.
The hotel staff had called on behalf of Waupaca Taxi. A passenger, later identified as Richey, refused to leave the cabin.
Waupaca County Deputy Bryan Strobusch began talking to Richey, who was apparently drunk and shouting obscenities and homophobic slurs.
Waupaca Police Officer Brenden Muske and Sgt. Wes Zube was also on the scene.
Because Econolodge didn’t want Richey inside their building, Muske and Zube held the door closed.
According to the criminal complaint, Richey raised his hand as if to punch Muske. The police responded by grabbing his wrists and handcuffing him.
After a brief struggle, Richey was placed in Muske’s patrol car.
“On entering my team, he punched my chest multiple times,” Muske reported in the complaint. “Avery put his mouth around my arm in an attempt to bite me.”
As Muske was transporting him to jail, Richey allegedly kicked the door of the police car and threatened to kill the officer.
Richey was released after posting $1,000 cash bond.