Crime

Criminal complaint: Man tells woman she is in for 'rude awakening' if she doesn't rob Stop and Go

MILTON, Wis. - The man and woman who surrendered in a standoff in Rock County on Thursday are being officially charged, according to a criminal complaint. 

Rache T. Boyd and Eric B. Fenne are collectively facing charges that include armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon, domestic abuse and negligent handling of a weapon, officials said. 

The Janesville Police Department responded to a robbery at a Stop and Go where it was reported that a woman told the cashier "to open the till, give me all the money and all the Newport 100s." The woman involved in the robbery had a gun and was wearing black leggings, an oversized hooded sweatshirt, purple socks and slippers, according to the complaint. 

The woman who robbed the store is suspected to be Boyd, according to officials. 

During a police interview with Boyd, she said she was in a treatment facility in Madison and after she talked to Fenne, he told her to meet him at Third and Johnson where he picked her up in a silver Olds Alero that belonged to a citizen witness, according to the complaint. 

Boyd said that Fenne told her that he had gone to his cousin's home and "let some shots off." After that the two drove to Janesville, where Boyd said Fenne coerced her into robbing the Stop and Go gas station. She said Fenne told her that she would get a "rude awakening" if she did not do it, officials said. 

Boyd told officers that Fenne gave her his black hooded sweatshirt and his handgun, and he waited in the car alongside the rear of the store but on the roadway while she went into the store with the gun and got the money and cigarettes, according to police. 

There were customers in the store at the time of the robbery. Boyd told officers that while she displayed the gun, she had no intent of hurting anyone, officials said. 

Boyd told officers that after the robbery, Fenne drove them back to Madison and to their residence on County Trunk M, according to the complaint. 

Deputies with the Rock County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to 2306 East County Highway M in Milton that same day for a domestic disturbance at approximately 6:45 a.m., according to the complaint. 

Police interviewed Fenne's girlfriend of the last four months, who was a witness to the events. She had recently learned that she was pregnant with Fenne's  child, and had been living with Fenne for the last two months, officials said. 

The witness explained to police that Boyd is an ex-girlfriend of Fenne's, and that he had recently been talking with her again. She said that Fenne had borrowed her phone on Wednesday, and he went to get a new phone because he told her his old phone wasn't working. When he returned later that night, she said, Fenne appeared to be intoxicated, police said. 

Later that night, the witness told police that Fenne was excited because he found a gun, which she described to be black in color .38-caliber Cobra semiautomatic. He left the residence at 8 p.m. Wednesday night and did not return until about 2 a.m. Thursday, the witness said, according to the complaint. 

The witness told police that when Fenne returned he said, "Look at what I got," and held up a wad of folded-up bills in his hand, and threw a pack of cigarettes to her, according to police. 

The next morning, the witness said, both Boyd and Fence walked into the bedroom at about 5 a.m. She said she was watching the news of the robbery on TV with them both and Boyd said, "There goes you" to Fenne. The witness said both defendants were laughing while watching the story. She said Fenne said, "If I get caught, I'm gone," police said. 

After the news, the witness said she went to le down in the bedroom, but came back out when she heard Boyd and Fenne having sex on the couch in the living room, which she said made her angry. The witness said she slapped Fenne, open-handed, across the face, officials said. 

The witness said Fenne then became angry and told Boyd to "shoot her in the head," and said Boyd picked up the gun off the counter, cocked it and pointed it at the witness's head. The witness said Fenne told her that Boyd would kill her, according to the complaint. 

The witness said Boyd opened the front door and pointed the gun outside and fired one round. After that, the witness said she gathered her things and tried to leave the residence in a hurry. She said that Fenne grabbed her by the throat in the bedroom and pushed her up against the bedroom bunk beds. She said he choked her for about 15 to 20 seconds, according to the complaint. 

The witness said she then ran from the residence, got into her car, locked the doors and contacted law enforcement officials, police said. 

In an interview with police, Boyd said she never intended to hurt the witness, but she wanted to scare her, officials said. 

Boyd is charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm by a felon and negligent handling of a weapon. Fenne is charged with armed robbery, domestic abuse by strangulation and suffocation and domestic abuse by false imprisonment, according to the complaint. 


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