A 17-year-old man from La Crosse was charged with armed robbery with threat of force as a party to the crime in connection to a robbery in late December.
According to the criminal complaint, Christopher Leinfelder and a 15-year-old male met up with Alex Muleski, 20, and Laura Shefelbine, 20, on December 30 around 7:45 p.m. to buy ecstasy.
Muleski told Leinfelder and the juvenile he was to be paid $200 for ten ecstasy pills. The complaint states Leinfelder made a comment about needing to make a phone call and walked away. Meanwhile, the juvenile asked where the ecstasy was and Muleski asked where the money was.
The complaint states Shefelbine pulled the ecstasy pills while the juvenile pulled out what appeared to be a 9mm handgun, which later was identified as a Colt BB gun, from his waistband. Muleski told police before the 15-year-old grabbed the pills, the juvenile hit him in the left cheek with the butt of the gun.
The La Crosse Sheriff’s Office deployed their K-9 unit to search for Leinfelder. The K-9 led officers to a home on the 1800 block of Cass Street in La Crosse. A police officer said when he approached the home, he saw a black male inside holding what appeared to be a black pistol in his right hand.
The criminal complaint states that about 15-20 minutes after making phone contact with Leinfelder, he and the juvenile left the residence and were arrested. The juvenile declined to make a statement, but Leinfelder told police when he went on a walk to meet Muleski and Schfelbine, he knew that the juvenile had a BB gun with him. Leinfelder told police he advised the 15-year-old to not use the gun and when they met the two people, he pretended to be on the phone and walked away and went home because he didn’t want anything to do with what was about to happen.
Leinfelder also told police shortly after he got home, the juvenile told him he got the ecstasy. The complaint states Leinfelder told the 15-year-old to get out of his house and when police showed up, the juvenile started to panic and began hiding things and flushing things down the toilet. Police later found the BB gun in a box in the basement.
A La Crosse County judge set a $5,000 cash bond for Leinfelder on Wednesday. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 11.