A man with no permanent address faces charges of firing a gun into a car during a drug-deal-turned-armed-robbery in Delavan on Saturday.
Mitchell B. Vogelman, 21, who is listed as homeless, is charged with armed robbery, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, possession of a firearm by a felon and second-offense possession of marijuana, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Walworth County Court.
Judge Kristine Drettwan on Monday set a $50,000 cash bond for Vogelman.
Four people showed up at the Delavan Police Department on Saturday to report that Vogelman had approached their car on Elmhurst Avenue in Delavan and asked for a cigarette, according to the complaint.
Vogelman then said, “Actually, you know what, never mind,” according to the complaint. The four people told police Vogelman then pulled out a pistol, pointed it at them and said, “Don’t go anywhere.”
“Everyone, run your pockets,” the complaint quotes Vogelman as saying.
One of the four refused and said, “You’ll have to shoot me,” according to the complaint. Vogelman is quoted as saying, “You think this is a joke? I’ve been on the run for 12 years. You think I won’t do it?”
Vogelman, who had climbed into the back of the vehicle, then put a magazine into the pistol, chambered a round and fired four shots into the dashboard, the complaint states. The man who refused fled.
Police stopped Vogelman after hearing he had been driving on Tyrell Court in Delavan, according to the complaint.
Vogelman admitted he placed the gun, a Colt .22-caliber pistol, behind a vending machine, the complaint states.
Police also reported finding marijuana and multiple .22-caliber rounds, according to the complaint.
Vogelman told police he drove to Elmhurst Street to buy marijuana, the complaint states. He said he put $240 on the car’s center console, and someone in the car pulled out a pistol and pointed it at him.
Vogelman said he knocked the gun away, and it discharged, the complaint states. He said he then grabbed the gun and left the area.
Other people told police they had seen Vogelman with the gun before he got into the car, according to the complaint.
Vogelman is charged in another case with a repeater count of identity theft for financial gain. Town of Delavan police reported that between Nov. 20 and Dec. 11, Vogelman spent $773.46 using financial cards he did not have permission to use.
He is next due in court for an adjourned initial appearance on the armed robbery case at 1:15 p.m. Friday.