Illinois man released on bail after hate and disorderly crime charges at Dells Lodge | Baraboo News Republic

An Illinois man has been released on $2,500 bail after being arrested during a disagreement that escalated at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells.



Blake R. Stoffel, 23, of Wonder Lake, faces a maximum prison sentence of more than seven years and fines of up to $21,000 on a felony charge of threatening police and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct with a hate crime modifier in Sauk County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, police officers from Lake Delton showed up for a call around 8 p.m. on February 21 at the Great Wolf Lodge. A security guard told them that Stoffel and a woman were having a loud argument. When security came to the room, they told police that Stoffel got angry with the staff and left.

Security then escorted the woman to her car when she could not find her keys and found Stoffel in the vehicle with the keys. Stoffel then began to threaten a manager who had also come out. Stoffel allegedly told the director he was going to take a gun and shoot him, yelling at the director to “go back to your country” and using derogatory language while calling the director a “Mexican”.

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After separating Stoffel and the woman, officers spoke to them both. They noted in reports that Stoffel continually used profane language despite being told to stop due to the presence of children at the time. As a result, he was told to get out and began recording officers, asking for their names and badge numbers.

When police told Stoffel the couple had been kicked out of the compound, the woman was already walking towards their car, but Stoffel walked over to a sergeant and allegedly used profanity, calling out the officers’ names and threatening to kill him. , it was then that Stoffel was arrested.

At his initial appearance on February 22, Stoffel obtained bail from Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock on the condition that Stoffel have no contact with Great Wolf Lodge. Stoffel is due back in court on April 29.

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