Jury trial set in false imprisonment case

Christopher Froemel

Danielle Danford | Staff writer

SHELL LAKE – A 23-year-old Spooner man faces up to six years in prison or a $10,000 fine if he is found guilty for a charge of false imprisonment in Washburn County Court.

According to court records, Christopher Froemel was arrested in January when law enforcement responded to a report of an incident involving a knife and another person. According to the police report, Froemel started drinking earlier that day and became argumentative and verbally abusive, escalating to threatening behavior with a knife. He would not allow the victim to leave and threatened the victim against calling law enforcement. At one point, Froemel forcibly stopped the victim from leaving, the report states.

At the time of his arrest, law enforcement found five objects of suspected drug paraphernalia and less than a gram of a substance that field tested positive for THC.

According to state statutes, false imprisonment is defined as intentionally confining or restraining another without the person’s consent and with knowledge that he or she has no lawful authority to do so, which is a Class H felony.

A jury trial is scheduled in September for the case.