Superior teen charged in ‘attempted home invasion’

SUPERIOR, WI — A Superior teenager is facing six charges after what police call an attemped home invasion Monday that stemmed from a dispute between two young men.

Court documents show Chase Gimpel, 17, was charged with resisting or obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, and four counts of bail jumping in Douglas County Court Wednesday.

According to police, squads responded to a home on N. 13th Street and Lincoln Street around 5:20 p.m. Monday.

Police say a person who was home at the time reported that two young males allegedly tried to kick in the door.

According to the criminal complaint, an off-duty officer, Captain Kiel, was talking to someone nearby at the time of the incident. That person pointed out that it appeared a fight was happening across the street.

While Kiel was off-duty, he had his service weapon and badge displayed. He apparently saw two males leaving the home where the incident appeared to have happened. Kiel identified himself as an officer and told the males to get on the ground before they ran in different directions. Kiel was not able to apprehend the suspects.

The document says Kiel recognized Gimpel from previous police contact, and witnesses reported that he ran inside a home on the 2000 block of Hammond Avenue.

When officers made contact with a woman who reported the crime, she told authorities the two men who allegedly kicked in her door fled when she confronted them. She said she recognized one of the men.

The complaint states the woman’s son was also home at the time. He told police that he saw a white van drive through the alley and stare at him for a few seconds. The van apparently had three occupants, and the incident allegedly happened about five minutes after the van drove by.

Officers then formed a perimeter around the Hammond Avenue home they saw Gimpel run into. After a short time, Gimpel emerged with a female who told officers there were two others inside the home.

Gimpel denied knowing anything about the incident.

During separate interviews with three people connected to the incident, officers learned it had allegedly stemmed from a dispute between two young men. Gimpel was allegedly the one who kicked in the door.

While four people were detained, Gimpel was the only one arrested. He was later released from the Douglas County Jail on bail.

According to Superior Police, “for purposes of law violations, someone who’s 17 years old is automatically treated as an adult in Wisconsin.”

Briggs LeSavage

Briggs LeSavage

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