Richland Center Chief of Police John Annear reported Dec. 2 that Federal agents have arrested Elwyn Nels Fossedal, 81 of Richland Center for threatening to shoot President Barack Obama.
According to Annear, on Oct. 15 Fossedal is alleged to have made threatening comments towards President Obama while at the Richland Center Post Office. The Richland Center Police Department was notified of the threats and reported the incident to the United States Secret Service.
Fossedal was interviewed the next day, Oct. 16, by agents from the U.S. Secret Service and an officer from the police department. During this interview, Fossedal refused to recant his threats against President Obama and made a number of other threats against the President.
On Nov. 21, Fossedal was arrested on a federal charge of making threats against the President of the United States. He is currently being detained on the federal charges.
He also faces local criminal charges in connection to the Oct. 15 incident at the post office and a domestic related incident which occurred Nov. 19 at his home in Richland Center. These charges include felony battery to a law enforcement officer, and felony bail jumping; along with misdemeanor charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, battery, and two counts of disorderly conduct.