By Shereen Siewert
Two Wausau-area men are accused of robbing a 15-year-old acquaintance at gunpoint, then threatening to kill his family if he reported the incident to police.
Charges were filed Sept. 23 in Marathon County Circuit Court against 19-year-old Devlin Benes, of Wausau, and 18-year-old Davin Smith, of Schofield.
Smith, who faces felony charges of armed robbery with the use of force, appeared in court Monday and was ordered held on a $25,000 cash bond. Benes, who has not yet had an initial court appearance, faces charges of robbery with the use of force and four counts of bail jumping.
Police say the two men picked up the alleged victim to “hang out,” then eventually drove to Rib Mountain State Park. While at the park Smith allegedly pulled out a black, Glock 19 9-mm pistol with hollow-point ammunition, pointed the gun at the victim’s head and ordered him to empty his pockets and give the contents to Benes. The victim then turned over cash, a vape pen, an iPhone 8 cell phone and the code to access his phone, according to the police report. The men also allegedly took the victim’s shoes.
The alleged victim also told police Smith pointed his gun at the head of a teenage girl inside the vehicle and threatened to kill her, a story the girl later corroborated during an interview with police, according to court documents.
Benes then drove the victim back to his home and Smith warned the victim not to tell anyone or the police or he would come back to the home and kill the victim and his entire family, the police report states.
The alleged victim reported the incident to a teacher at his school the next day.
Court records show Benes has five additional open cases in Marathon County and was released on a $250 cash bond the same day the alleged robbery took place. A date for an initial appearance on the latest charges has not yet been set.
Smith is due in court Oct. 2 for a preliminary hearing.