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Two charged in Dells attempted armed robbery
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Two charged in Dells attempted armed robbery

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The Columbia County Circuit Court has adopted a plan that includes social distancing, face masks and additional sanitization to reopen the courthouse for limited in-person proceedings. 

Two people have been charged with attempted armed robbery following an incident at a Dells motel.

Justin Mathews, 28, and Caitlin Farley, 25, of Oxford, were charged in Columbia County Circuit Court Jan. 4 with felony attempted armed robbery and battery. They face over 20 years in prison and $50,000 in fines if convicted of the charges.

According to the criminal complaint, Wisconsin Dells police officers responded to a motel around 3:15 a.m. Oct. 11 following a 911 call of an attempted robbery. Officers spoke with two victims who were shaking and said they were scared. They were staying in a motel room together.

One of the victims told police that they had arrived at the motel in their vehicle after picking up food. As they exited their car, a woman ran up with a six-inch fixed blade kitchen knife over her head saying, “give us everything you have.” The victim told the woman they didn’t have anything to give.

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The victim reported that the woman grabbed her hair with the hand not holding a knife and pulled her to the ground. A man then ran up and punched the other victim, knocking him to the ground. The man and woman then ran into a motel room. The victims called 911, and they saw a black vehicle leave from the area of the room the man and woman went into.

One of the victims and a hotel staff member noted that the man had tattoos over his body. The staff member provided the ID information of the man with tattoos and the license plate information about the black vehicle that were connected to his room when checking in.

Police contacted the person who the black vehicle was registered to, who confirmed selling it to Farley, who was with a man with tattoos. Police also determined that Mathews and Farley, the man and woman suspects, had a relationship connection.

One of the victims did a photo lineup and identified Mathews with 30 percent certainty and Farley with 60 percent certainty, the complaint says.

An initial appearance has not yet been scheduled.

Follow Chris Higgins on Twitter @chris_higgins_ or contact him at 920-356-6751 and

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