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Police: 2 arrested after threatening health care worker with meat tenderizer, hatchet

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MINOCQUA — Two people who locked a nurse practitioner in an office and threatened her with a hatchet, a meat tenderizer and a loaded revolver told the victim they wanted her to see what pain felt like, according to police.

During an appointment Tuesday at Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua, 39-year-old Jillian Buza and 70-year-old Joseph Buza, both of Eagle RIver, allegedly made the threats then duct taped the door shut, according to the criminal complaint. Police believe the duo went to the clinic intending to crush the nurse practitioner’s feet and hands.

The victim had been treating Jillian Buza for opioid addiction, police said.

Several employees forced the door open and restrained the pair until police arrived at the scene.

Both Joseph and Jillian Buza are being held in the Oneida County Jail, each on a $250,000 cash bond. They are facing charges of false imprisonment, attempted aggravated battery and disorderly conduct.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 20.

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