Stevens Point man charged in robbery of UWW students
Spencer R. Wnuk, 21, Stevens Point, is charged with felony strong-armed robbery, misdemeanor theft and two counts of battery. The man suspected of being Wnuk's accomplice has not been charged.
The student's cell phone was stolen in Whitewater but later recovered in La Crosse, according to a criminal complaint filed in Walworth County.
The phone's owner examined the cell's call history and found that somebody had called the former girlfriend of one of the suspects. The phone was found outside of her apartment building, and police tracked down the suspects through her, according to the complaint.
According to the complaint:
Two UW-Whitewater students were approached outside of Fricker Hall in late April by two men who asked if there were any nearby parties.
One of the men asked to borrow a cell phone and asked for change for a $10 bill.
As one of the students opened his wallet, he was struck twice in the back of the head with a fist. The other assailant struck the other student in the back of the head with a beer can.
The second student briefly wrestled with one of the robbers and was punched in the face several times.
Although the complaint states the cell phone was taken, it does not report any money was stolen. The complaint is unclear about which assailant attacked which student.
Whitewater police reached the former girlfriend with the cell phone. The call history showed she was called five times early on the morning of the attack but never answered the calls. She told police the description of the two attackers matched the identities of Wnuk and the suspected accomplice.
The two students picked their attackers out of a photo lineup.
Police found that Wnuk was on probation and located him through his probation agent.
If convicted, Wnuk faces a prison term of up to 15 years. He is in the Portage County Jail and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 before Walworth County Judge David Reddy.
Last updated: 3:51 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012