One defendant knew, lived with victim, complaint says
Three Waukesha residents jumped a man and held a gun to his head in search of drug money, according to a criminal complaint.
As a result, Sean Dahl, 34, Joshua Schauwitzer, 29, and Jessica Wolfmeyer, 40, were charged Thursday, Feb. 16, in Waukesha County Circuit Court as party to the crime of armed robbery and substantial battery, both felonies. Dahl is facing an additional felony count of strangulation or suffocation for allegedly putting the victim in a choke hold.
According to the complaint, Dahl, Schauwitzer and Wolfmeyer ambushed a man living with Schauwitzer in a South Street apartment around 1 a.m. Feb. 14 and demanded money from him.
Nature of assault
Dahl reportedly punched the victim, Antoine Washington, in the face so hard he broke Washington's nose, then secured him in a choke hold while Schauwitzer and Wolfmeyer pressed Washington for money.
At one point, the complaint said, Wolfmeyer put a .38-caliber pistol to Washington's head, identified herself as a police officer and told Washington to "stop (expletive) moving or you're going to die."
Washington eventually pulled out his wallet, which contained only $20, and handed it over, the complaint said. Schauwitzer then demanded to know "where the rest of the money was" and Wolfmeyer told Washington to give her his phone, according to the complaint.
Washington reportedly handed over his phone as well, but refused to provide his passcode then slipped out of the choke hold and ran out of the apartment and called police. He immediately identified Schauwitzer as one of the people involved, but could not identify the other two.
Meanwhile Dahl, Schauwitzer and Wolfmeyer fled in Wolfmeyer's car.
Schauwitzer agreed to speak with police later the same morning about the incident, the complaint said, and told them he had merely planned to collect a debt from Washington but then "things got out of control."
He said in the complaint that he, Dahl and Wolfmeyer were motivated to get the money so they could use it to buy cocaine.
Schauwitzer directed investigators to Wolfmeyer's home on Merrill Hills Road, according to the complaint, and that is where they found her and Dahl, who for the past several months had been living with her. Police also found a pistol there that matched the description of the one Washington said was pointed at him.
All three made their initial court appearances the same day they were charged and were each ordered held on $25,000 cash bonds. Their preliminary hearings are all scheduled for Feb. 23.
They are all facing up to decades in prison and more than $100,000 in fines, if convicted.