MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Three Baraboo residents, including a school district staff member, were arrested Wednesday after a man allegedly forced a group of high school students out of a vehicle while he was holding a “torch-like device,” police said. .
High school students were throwing toilet paper at homes in the area, which the Baraboo Police Department says is a typical homecoming tradition.
Lt. Ryan La Broscian said one of the students called the agency around 10:30 p.m. after the incident in the 1100 block of Tandom Trail. The department said another officer saw a social media post with similar information about the incident.
“They ordered them out of the vehicle, which is not appropriate for a citizen,” La Broscian said.
Police arrested three men, aged 52 to 57. They could face charges of reckless endangerment of second-degree security, disorderly conduct and false imprisonment. Police did not specify which of the three men was holding the “torch-shaped device”.
The Baraboo School District confirmed to NBC15 on Thursday that one of the men arrested was Activity Programs Director Jim Langkamp.
Superintendent Dr Rainey Briggs said it was too early to say what would happen to Langkamp’s post as it is an ongoing investigation.
“We’ll let that play out, but of course in the district here we’ll also have to investigate ourselves,” Briggs said.
In a Facebook post, the district said it was “aware of a situation that occurred last night involving a school district employee, parents, and students.” He said the police department is investigating the matter and the district will review the situation once the investigation is complete.
Dr Briggs said Langkamp had never caused any problems in the past.
“He’s always been a stand-up individual, so there’s nothing that would have raised questions before,” Briggs said.
Dr Briggs also said homecoming events this week would continue as planned, but the school did not approve of TPing.
“We don’t tolerate anything that would cause vandalism to anyone’s personal property,” Briggs said. “If these things happen, it’s really, really important to call the police department.”
La Broscian asked the community to call law enforcement with any future concerns.
“If there is any malicious behavior or anything like that, if you have your cell phone, take pictures, take videos, but please call law enforcement,” La Broscian said. “Don’t try to deal with it on your own.”
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges could be added or removed once the district attorney reviews the incident, the police department added.
The Sauk Co. Sheriff’s Office assisted the Baraboo PD in this investigation.
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