A Jim Falls man is accused of robbing a former co-worker at gunpoint because he suspected the co-worker of having a relationship with his fiance.
Joshua L. Reedy, 23, is charged in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of armed robbery.
Judge Michael Schumacher set a $5,000 cash bail for Reedy, who returns to court today for a preliminary hearing. As conditions of bail, Reedy cannot have contact with his former co-worker or possess firearms or toy firearms.
According to the criminal complaint:
Eau Claire police received a report of an armed robbery at 6:45 a.m. Thursday in the 500 block of Wagner Avenue.
Officers met with a 28-year-old man who said he walked to the Mega Holiday convenience store on Birch Street and was summoned over to a vehicle in the parking lot. Once there, the man was confronted by a subject wearing a bandana over his face and carrying a black firearm.
The subject escorted the man to the bike trail that runs parallel to North Hastings Way. The subject held him on the ground at gunpoint, searched his pockets and took his cellphone.
The subject drove the man to the man’s residence to get money. The man was able to escape and got a neighbor to call 911.
The man told police he knew the subject was Reedy, with whom he had worked, based on his gait and voice.
Officers contacted Reedy, who said he noticed Facebook messages between the man and his fiance. He believed they were in a relationship.
Reedy said he pretended to be his fiance and arranged to meet the man at the Mega Holiday store. Reedy said he told the man to leave his fiance alone and did not threaten him with a firearm. When confronted by police with the information provided by the man, Reedy revised his story.
Police searched Reedy’s vehicle and found a black airsoft gun, a bandana, homemade brass knuckles and the man’s cellphone.
If convicted, Reedy could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
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