Baraboo School District employee one of three men arrested for allegedly forcing person out of car

BARABOO, Wis. — Baraboo police arrested three men — including a Baraboo School District staff member — Wednesday night after a teen reported he and the passengers in his vehicle were unwillingly forced out of a car.

Police said the encounter happened in the 1100 block of Tandom Trail around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Baraboo Police Lt. Ryan La Broscian said the victims — who were all high-school-aged — were involved in “homecoming-related activities” prior to the incident, which one or all of the men reportedly had a problem with.

La Broscian said the victims told police the men used a “torch-like device” that had flames coming out of it, though police haven’t retrieved it yet.

“The people in the car told our officers that they felt scared,” he said.

Social media posts reviewed by law enforcement reportedly back up the victim’s claims.

Police said the teens called the police when they were already safe at home. In total, four teens were in the car at the time of the incident.

The other men’s involvement in the incident was not immediately clear.

“That part was absolutely inappropriate to stop a vehicle and approach a vehicle like that,” La Broscian said.

He stressed residents should let law enforcement handle these kinds of situations rather than taking them into their own hands.

If there are high school-aged individuals participating in those types of festivities, and you’re a citizen and you don’t appreciate that, take pictures with your phone, record them, try to get a plate number if there’s a vehicle but call law enforcement, don’t approach and try to deal with the situation on your own,” he said.

While police did not clarify what those activities may have been, a News 3 Now crew saw trees in the neighborhood covered in toilet paper Thursday afternoon.

Police referred charges of second-degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, and false imprisonment for all three men. As of Friday morning, none of the men had been charged in Sauk County Court, but the district attorney’s office said the investigation is ongoing and charges may still be possible.

According to a statement the Baraboo School District posted on Facebook late Thursday morning, the incident involved a school district employee, parents, and students. Jim Langkamp, the district’s director of activity programs, was one of the three men arrested.

Authorities said their investigation is ongoing and more charges could be added as the case moves forward.

District officials confirmed to News 3 Now that Langkamp has not yet faced any disciplinary action.

“With the investigation still going on by the police department, we’ll wait to see the outcome before any further steps are taken,” Superintendent Dr. Rainey Briggs said.

When asked if the district is considering warning students against or limiting homecoming-related pranks, Briggs told News 3 Now, “I don’t know if this incident is tied to a homecoming prank, to be honest with you, I don’t know all the details related to that, this could have just been an incident that happened within the community.”

News 3 Now is not naming the other two suspects at this time as part of a policy not to name people accused of crimes until they have been formally charged in court. Despite a lack of formal charges, News 3 Now named Langkamp because he is a public figure as a school district employee. Click here to learn more about the policy.