By Shereen Siewert

Four 18-year-old men are accused of beating a 15-year-old boy and leaving him in the woods near the Wausau School Forest in an apparent attempted robbery.

Police say the young men picked up the 15-year-old alleged victim just after 2 a.m. Friday before telling him they were planning a robbery to finance a purchase of drugs. The men allegedly drove the boy to the Wausau School Forest and walked into the woods when an argument ensued. That’s when one of the suspects pulled a knife and threatened to kill the boy.

The alleged victim was beaten but was not stabbed. He was left in the woods without a cell phone and walked to nearby CTH KK, where he flagged down a passerby who called 911. The boy was transported to a local hospital and was treated for his injuries.

Court records show Colton Bradberry, of Schofield; and Devin W. Noskowiak, Mitchell Tesch and Curtis Schulz, all of Wausau, face a range of charges including child abuse and robbery. Charges against all four suspects were filed Friday in Marathon County Circuit Court. Tesch faces charges of armed robbery with the use of force.

As of 2:40 p.m. Friday only Bradberry had appeared before a judge, who ordered him held on a $10,000 signature bond with the first $2,500 to be paid in cash. Bradberry faces charges of child abuse-recklessly causing harm, robbery, concealing stolen property and three counts of bail jumping. He was ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim or his three co-defendants and must maintain absolute sobriety from drugs and alcohol.

A preliminary hearing is set for Bradberry, who has 10 open cases in Marathon County Circuit Court including two child sex assault cases, for July 15.