Wittenberg man charged with making terrorist threats

Walker claimed to have explosives, hostages

A Wittenberg man has been charged with making terrorist threats while leading authorities on a manhunt in the village Thursday.

Lawrence L. Walker III, 22, claimed to have explosives and hostages as he communicated by phone with Shawano County dispatchers.

The incident started as a welfare check shortly after 3:30 a.m. after Walker called dispatch to say he was on the roof of Associated Bank, 504 S. Webb St. and wanted to die, according to the criminal complaint.

He said he was going to jump off the roof and that he had a rifle with an extended clip of 30 rounds. He also claimed to have 17 hostages and said he had placed explosives around the building and would blow it up if authorities interfered.

According to the complaint, Walker told dispatch “to think of the event as an awakening to the American public that the government does not have control over us.”

He threatened to shoot down any deputies who responded and said this was “the new world order,” the complaint states.

He also said he would “whack” any civilians that showed up, according to the complaint.

The sheriff’s department’s Special Response Team responded to the incident.

A Birnamwood Fire Department drone was brought in to locate the subject and was able to view the roof of the bank and several other rooftops in the area.

GPS plotting from his cellphone placed him at the bank. After that, GPS showed he was on the move.

The suspect was in contact with dispatch during the manhunt and made comments about various location he was at, including the roof of the bank, by a casino, and on a seven-story building, according to the complaint.

An SRT negotiator made contact with Walker by phone. Walker said he wanted $3 million in $20 bills in a half-hour.

Dispatch reported that Walker was moving north and east from the bank, with the last location reported in a wooded area to the south and west of Reed Street and the WIOUWASH recreation trail.

Walker was spotted leaving the trail and walking behind a residence.

Walker resisted arrest and was subdued with a Taser, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges Walker made threats to fight with jail staff and to kill two of the deputies.

Walker could face a maximum possible penalty of 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine for making terrorist threats.

He is also charged with two counts of threatening a law enforcement officer, which carries a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine.

He also faces misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer.

Walker waived a preliminary hearing at his initial court appearance Friday and was scheduled for arraignment Monday.

He was ordered held on a $10,000 cash bond.