Wega man charged with extortion
A wheelchair-bound woman says her son threatened to turn her in for his own pot if she didn’t give him cigarettes.
Aaron P. Mankowski, 24, is charged with extortion, felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, felony theft of a firearm, felony theft from an at-risk person, four counts of illegal possession of prescription drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
At 7:42 p.m. Friday, July 22, Weyauwega Police Officer Matthew Batte was advised that a woman in a wheelchair was at the BP station requesting help from an officer.
According to the criminal complaint, the 55-year-old woman told Batte that half an hour earlier her son, Mankowski, brought a white kitchen garbage bag into her room and began strewing marijuana all about the house.
Mankowksi allegedly told his mother that if she did not buy him two packs of cigarettes or give him a Fentanyl patch within 30 minutes, he would call the police and she would be arrested for his marijuana.
The woman reportedly told Batte that she is in constant fear of her son. She said she has to keep her prescription drugs on her at all times or he would steal them, the complaint says. She said she allowed her son to move in with her after he overdosed on drugs.
Police say the woman warned Batte that Mankowski had a handgun. She reportedly said her son gave her the gun for Christmas a year or two earlier, then took it from her a few days ago.
After the Dallas police shootings, Mankowski allegedly told his mother that more officers should be shot.
Waupaca County Deputy Bill Zeamer came to the BP store to assist.
Mankowski’s mother called him from the convenience store and asked him to come and help her. When Mankowski arrived, he was arrested on a contempt-of-court warrant from Waushara County.
When the officers searched the home, they reported finding a Browning BDA 380, loaded with 10 rounds of hollow-point shells, in Mankowski’s room.
They also seized 415 grams of marijuana in his room and in the basement, along with 50 empty Fentanyl patches and assorted opioids.
Mankowski is currently in Waushara County jail.