Judge: the public ‘needs protection’ from suspects accused of attacking Portage police officers

Officer unconscious for more than 2 minutes
Judge: the public ‘needs protection’ from suspects accused of attacking Portage police officers

Two 21-year-olds appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court Wednesday afternoon after police said they knocked one police officer unconscious and injured another early Monday morning.

“When you kick somebody in the head … you are taking a significant risk, and I am happy we’re all here not looking at a brain damaged or deceased law enforcement officer,” said Judge Alan White.

He ordered $75,000 cash bond for 21-year-old Jacob R. Hellenbrand-Bell, of Waunakee, and $50,000 cash bond for 21-year-old Olivia J. Boomsma, of Rio. The two are not allowed to have any type of contact.

“I’m not going to put up with this,” White said. “The individuals are dangerous, and the public needs protection from them.”

The Portage Police Department was called to the Ridge Motor Inn around 10:30 p.m. Sunday after reports came in saying a man had been driving recklessly in the snow in the motel’s parking lot and confronting motel guests. Motel guests said they did not feel safe, according to court documents.

Court documents said the motel clerk, Boomsma, told police the man in the truck was her ex-boyfriend. Police later discovered that was not the truth and that Boomsma had provided a false name for the driver of the truck, according to the criminal complaint.

Several hours later, Officer Brian Loewenhagen saw a truck parked at a Kwik Trip gas station that matched the description of the one from the incident at the motel. They discovered the truck’s driver was Hellenbrand-Bell. Boomsma was also at the gas station, but Loewenhagen told her to wait in the truck.

Judge: the public ‘needs protection’ from suspects accused of attacking Portage police officers

Loewenhagen then tried to arrest Hellenbrand-Bell on a parole violation.

Court documents show as the officer tried to handcuff Hellenbrand-Bell, Boomsma suddenly moved in and punched the officer in his left eye. She continued to hit the officer as he tried to push her away and repeatedly told her to stop. She replied with, “What are you going to do? F—ing shoot me?” according to the documents.

Dashcam footage shows another officer, Sgt. Eric Walters, arriving at the gas station just after midnight to help Loewenhagen. In the footage, Walters grabs Boomsma, and they both fall to the ground.

While Boomsma and the sergeant were on the ground, Hellenbrand-Bell kicked the sergeant directly in the side of his face, knocking him unconscious for more than two minutes, police said.

The criminal complaint said Boomsma got up from the ground and attacked the other police officer, Loewenhagen.

An off-duty medical assistant from Divine Savior Hospital who saw the situation unfold put herself between Walters, who was still unconscious on the ground, and Boomsma and Hellenbrand-Bell. News 3 spoke with that medical assistant.

Walters then regained consciousness and grabbed Boomsma, who told the officers, “I have a knife in my pocket. I will f—ing kill you,” and, “You don’t deserve to be a cop. You deserve to die.” She told the woman helping the officers, “I will punch you, too, b—-!”

Once the two were put in squad cars, they continued to kick and struggle, the criminal complaint said.

In court Wednesday, White said the officers reacted the way they should, and the case had ‘strong’ evidence and a number of witnesses.

“Sometimes it’s a ‘he said, she said’ type of thing. We don’t have that here. Ms. Boomsma threatened or taunted the officer from what I can tell,” White said.

Boomsma is charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, threatening an officer, obstructing and resisting an officer, and disorderly conduct.

Hellenbrand-Bell is charged with battery to a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct.

He was put on probation and sentenced to one year in jail on April 6 for hitting a motorcyclist at almost 100 mph in April of 2017. He was also charged with two counts of bail jumping, repeat offenses of possessing marijuana, and a repeat offense of causing injury while operating a vehicle under the influence.

The preliminary hearing for Hellenbrand-Bell and Boomsma is scheduled for April 26.