Posted Tuesday, May 11, 2010 --- 12:00 p.m.
Press Release from the Marquette County Sheriff's Office:
On May 10, 2010, the Marquette County “911” Center received a report of an armed robbery at the Bentley Pharmacy located in the City of Montello. The report was of a masked man entering the business. The original “911” call was received at 11:48 a.m. Officers from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office were on scene shortly thereafter and after a short foot chase the suspect was apprehended at 11:52 a.m.
The suspect has been identified as William F. Boetcher, DOB 09/06/1955, address of 501 2nd Circle, Coloma Wisconsin 53930.
The suspect was in possession of a loaded 40 caliber pistol when he was apprehended.
The suspect is being held in the Marquette County Jail on tentative charges of Armed Robbery 943.32(2), Battery to a Law Enforcement Officer 940.20(2), Resisting an Officer 946.41(1), Felon in Possession of a Firearm 941.(2)(a), Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic-Oxycodone 961.41(3g)(am).
This was a very serious situation that was thwarted by the exemplary measures of local citizens that recognized the masked man on the streets of Montello and called “911” and described what they were seeing. This action allowed responding officers to react with more knowledge of the situation.
The responding officers were in close proximity to the pharmacy when the “911” call was received and arrived on scene just before the defendant exited the building. As the defendant exited the pharmacy he was confronted by a Sheriff’s Deputy but the defendant ignored the officer’s commands and ran in an alley. The officer began a foot pursuit into a parking area behind the pharmacy where other officers were arriving.
The suspect was apprehended by officers as he attempted to enter a get-away vehicle. There was a short struggle with a uniformed deputy and the deputy was struck in the head by the suspect, the suspect was then apprehended.
I am very proud of our citizens that decided to do the right thing and get involved and to recognize the threat victims were subject to.
I am also very proud of the responding officers from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Montello Police Department. Their actions are exemplary and should not go unnoticed.
Kim V. Gaffney