Manawa man charged with stalking
Craig M. O’Leary, 54, Manawa, was charged July 1 with two counts of disorderly conduct, stalking, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On the night of June 25, Manawa Police Officer Paul Benzschawel was dispatched to the 300 block of Walnut Street. The 911 caller reported that O’Leary had come to his home, pounded on the door, then allegedly entered the home and asked, “What are you doing with my wife?”
O’Leary then left after allegedly saying he planned to get a gun.
When Benzschawel arrived at the caller’s home, he met with O’Leary’s ex-wife who said O’Leary had been drinking and smoking pot, and had threatened to shoot the man she was with.
Benzschawel and Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Repinski went to O’Leary’s trailer. After they knocked, O’Leary reportedly answered the door, then slammed it shut.
Dispatch called his phone number but he failed to answer. Repinski spoke to O’Leary through the window and asked him to come out. O’Leary responded by telling them to get a warrant, according to the criminal complaint. Then he came outside after Benzschawel said they would come in and get him.
Benzschawel spoke to O’Leary about the incident. O’Leary reportedly denied having weapons or threatening anyone with a gun. He was then taken into custody.
The ex-wife came to the trailer and showed Benzschawel where O’Leary kept his guns. Benzschawel reported finding two pistols, several rifles and a backpack full of ammunition.
He also reported finding a small metal container with marijuana.
On June 29, police were again called out to the trailer park. O’Leary was accused of threatening to cut the man’s head off with a bayonet.
He faces up to three years in prison if convicted of stalking.