Man tries to elude police by running into lake

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Cody A. Kapaun, 23, of Barron, has been charged with resisting/obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct, and trespass to land.
The criminal complaint states that on Monday, July 23, 2018, at approximately 10:03 p.m. the Barron County Sheriff’s office received a call from a subject who advised that he lives on 29 1/2 Avenue and that an Amish family lives north of him on 30th Avenue and the Washburn County line at 21st Avenue.
The caller informed dispatch that the Amish family told him a subject came onto their property and requested a bottle of water. The Amish family informed the caller that they had watched the subject, and it appeared he went in and out of the caller’s property on several occasions and had changed clothing The family responded to the caller’s home by a horse and buggy and requested that he contact the sheriff’s department because they felt unsafe. They said the subject had been entering and leaving the callers cornfield.
The caller told Deputy Moin the subject was wearing black clothing and Deputy Moin searched the area for approximately an hour, and was unable to locate him.
At approximately 11:11 a.m. a call was received from a female subject who lives on 20th Street in Rice Lake, and advised the male subject had come into her yard. She said she was working outside and saw the man through her window in her yard and felt he may be spying on her.
She said she went outside the residence and yelled at the subject to leave. He would not leave, and she had to brandish a .22 rifle and fire a shot into the air in order for him to leave the property. Deputy Moin searched the area for approximately 45 minutes and was unable to locate the subject.
At approximately 1:56 p.m. Deputy Moin received a call from a subject who lives on 28 3/4 Avenue, advising a man wearing the same clothing that had been described previously, came to her door asking for a glass of water. The subject said that some friends had dropped him off on the roadway, that he did not know where he was, and he was trying to get to Rice Lake. The subject left without drinking any of the water and proceeded to another person’s property across the road. The female subject was very frightened of the subject.
Deputy Moin, Sgt. Beranek and Deputy Kolb searched the area for the subject. Deputy Kolb advised that he had located the subject at another address on 28 3/4 Avenue, on the south side of the lower portion of Devils Lake. Deputy Kolb was watching the subject walk on the property and when he and Sgt. Beranek approached him, the subject took off and ran into the lake and started swimming.
Sgt. Beranek, Deputy Kolb and Detective Olson attempted to talk the subject into coming out of the water, but he would not do so. Sgt. Beranek eventually commandeered a pontoon boat and traveled out into the lake with the subject. The subject was hollering, screaming and ranting and raving, he refused to get out of the water.
Deputy Moin informed the subject that he was under arrest for trespassing and disorderly conduct, and he continued to refuse to leave the water. At one point the officers on the pontoon boat were able to press the subject toward the shore and shallow water, and Deputy Kolb was able to enter the water and remove the subject.
Deputy Moin transported him to the Barron County Jail and while en route, the subject advised his name was as Cody Kapaun. He informed Deputy Moin that he was coming off of methamphetamine, and apologized for acting rudely and hollering.
If convicted Kapaun may be fined not more than $12,000 or imprisoned for not more than ten months, or both. His hearing will be held October 3, 2018.


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