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LdF man who ran from police, beat elderly parents apprehended in Pennsylvania

September 27, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

On Wednesday afternoon, the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page posted Christopher Fralick of Lac du Flambeau had been apprehended by the Pennsylvania State Police. 

Multiple battery charges have been alleged against Fralick, who led police on a high-speed chase last weekend after battering and threatening the life of his elderly parents, the criminal complaint alleges.

Charges were filed Monday in Vilas County Circuit Court against Fralick, 40, including two counts aggravated battery of an elderly person with domestic abuse enhancers as well as attempting to flee/elude officers, second degree recklessly endanger safety and disorderly conduct domestic abuse. 

Fralick was acting strangely the morning of Oct. 21, according to his parents, who phoned police after he threatened then beat both of them and left in his black Jeep Liberty, the criminal complaint reads. 

The couple denied medical attention and met law enforcement at the Lac du Flambeau Police Department. Shortly before their arrival, police were notified Fralick had just purchased a machete, two axes and a crossbow and was “acting very disturbed,” based on statements made from the department store to Minocqua police. 

Around 10:30 a.m., an officer observed Fralick’s Jeep traveling southbound on Old Abe Road and attempted to stop him via activating emergency lights and siren. Fralick, however, did not pull over and while obeyed the speed limit in town, increased in speed after turning down Thorofare Road, where he made a signal to turn down a driveway, but then did not. Speeds there reached more than 90 miles per hour, the report indicates. 

Fralick turned onto County Road F, heading west. The officer observed Fralick traveling toward Minocqua, passing multiple vehicles in the opposite lane of traffic and nearly causing head-on collisions with at least three other cars, the report reads. 

The officer terminated pursuit in the interest of public safety. Multiple agencies and squads including Woodruff, Minocqua and Vilas County Sheriff’s Department attempted to locate Fralick that day without results. 

According to Fralick’s parents, he had been acting “paranoid and aggressive” for a few days and swore when touched and told he was loved that day. When asked why he was so angry, Fralick allegedly shoved the mother, causing her to fall and hit her head. The father went outside to call police from next door when Fralick allegedly kicked him in the back, knocking him forward. Fralick then grabbed some type of weapon from his vehicle and threatened them, stating he was going to kill them, according to the complaint. 

The parents told police at that point, they “… thought they were going to be killed,” the complaint states. They told police they would not be returning home until Fralick was in custody.

It was then Fralick left in the Jeep and the police pursuit ensued. 

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