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Those accused in car chase, battery await defense, preliminary

April 24, 2020 by Abigail Bostwick

The five area individuals charged in relation to allegedly chasing and battering another vehicle and threatening its passengers near Lake Tomahawk in March remain at various points in the Oneida County circuit court system. 

Appearing via video due to COVID-19 restrictions Monday afternoon were Jon Crum Lussier, 20, and Jalen Lussier, 25, both of Rhinelander, before Judge Michael Bloom. 

Jalen Lussier awaits prelim

Jalen Lussier was initially jailed on a $5,000 cash bond. That bond was reduced to $5,000 signature April 1 and the stipulations not to contact anyone involved in the incident — alleged victims or co-defendants with the exception of one co-defendant who is pregnant with their child. In court, the public defender’s office reported an attorney has yet to be appointed to Jalen Lussier’s case. The matter was rescheduled to mid-May and he remains without an attorney. 

Jalen Lussier’s charges include felony harboring/aiding a felon and intimate victim/use or attempt force and misdemeanors disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property as party to a crime. He is on extended supervision from prison for robbery/use of force.

Jon Crum Lussier needs attorney

Jon Crum Lussier informed Bloom on Monday he had contacted the state public defender’s office as well. 

“I am not eligible for a public defender,” he relayed over the phone. Crum Lussier stated he would like to apply for a court-appointment attorney. His cash bond also was reduced to $5,000 signature and he may not contact anyone involved in the alleged chase and battery. His next court date is May 11. 

Crum Lussier was charged with felony intimidation of a victim/use or attempt force and harboring/aiding a felon. He further faces citations for trespass to land, underage possession and causing a disturbance/disorderly conduct.

Jameson Thoms wanted on warrant

Also taken into custody was Jameson Thoms, 18, Lac du Flambeau, who was escorted from the Nissan to a squad while officers were investigating. He initially used a false name, but was identified from prior booking photos. At one point, he slipped his handcuffs to the front of his body to remove wrapped up green, leafy substance from his shoe, according to police reports.

Thoms was charged with misdemeanor possession of THC and resisting/obstructing an officer. Thoms also has citations filed against him for underage possession and resisting an officer. He refused to sign a $1,500 signature bond shortly after arrest and was appointed attorney Mary Sowinski.

After not appearing before Bloom for an adjourns initial appearance April 13 on the misdemeanor charges, an arrest warrant was authorized by the judge. 

Gwendolyn Theobald Allen

Theobald Allen, 20, Lac du Flambeau, had a preliminary hearing before Bloom on Tuesday afternoon for felony charges of intimidate victim/use or attempt force as party to a crime, first degree recklessly endangering safety and bail jumping and misdemeanors battery, bail jumping, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct as party to a crime. She also has open citations for underage possess or consume first offense, underage drinking and possess THC and traffic violations of reckless driving/endangering safety and not wearing a seatbelt.

All parties appeared via video or phone conference due to COVID restrictions. 

Represented by attorney Breanna Magallones, Theobald Allen waived her right to the preliminary hearing.

“There has been some discussion of a potential resolution,” Magallones said. “I just want the court to be aware of that … it is unlikely a felony will be included in the final resolution.”

Bloom found enough probable cause to bind the case over for trial. 

Moving forward to arraignment, Magallones entered not guilty pleas on all counts for her client. 

A future court date is set for July. 

Theobald Allen is free on a $1,000 cash bond with conditions about who she can not contact, including the victims and the co-defendants, except for one male whom she is expecting a child with, according to online court records.  

Katie Armstrong to have prelim

Twenty-year-old Kate Armstrong of Lac du Flambeau faces charges of felony first degree recklessly endangering safety (as party to a crime), disorderly conduct and misdemeanor bail jumping. She also faces citations of underage possession and trespass to land. Armstrong was appointed public defender Frederick Melms in late March and is on a $5,000 signature bond. She has a preliminary hearing May 28.

The alleged crime

A hang-up phone call brought police to the Lake Tomahawk area near Lyannis Road.

Law enforcement saw an abandoned car that appeared to have had some “beating” to it along with footprints around it. They then witnessed a truck driving away and pulling into a driveway where it was not associated with. 

Inside the vehicle were the Lussiers as well as Theobald Allen in the driver’s seat and Armstrong. No one would give an explanation as to why they were there, reports state. Eventually, Theobald Allen said she, Armstrong, Crum Lussier and Lussier made contact with the “individuals in the abandoned Chrysler,” police reports go on.

Officers interviewed witnesses and were told the two cars were driving near County Road K and State Highway 47 when the truck allegedly began “chasing” the car and flashing its lights. The truck pulled in front of the car, causing the car to slam on its breaks and stop. People from the truck were seen screaming at the car passengers and pulling at the doors and hitting the body, reports go on.

One 14-year-old juvenile from the car was allegedly pushed to the ground by Theobald Allen after trying to leave while another car passenger ran into the woods. The Lussiers reportedly told the car passengers they would “beat the shit out of them” if they told anyone what happened and also that they had “a brother that had killed someone,” court records relay.

Abigail Bostwick may be reached at [email protected]

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