Man involved in Brownsdale knife threat pleads guilty to burglary, terroristic threats

Published 8:30 am Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Waltham man pleaded guilty Monday in Mower County court to second degree burglary and making terroristic threats.

David J. Slupe, 60, was charged in June of assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of felony burglary after he entered a man’s home on 266th Street in Browsdale and threatened the man with a knife.

Slupe was also charged for making terroristic threats and faced a gross misdemeanor charge for interfering with 911 calls.

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According to a criminal complaint, a Mower County deputy responded to the Browsdale residence following a 911 call. Dispatch answered the call, but the caller hung up before any verbal communication occurred. Calls back to the number were not successful.

According to a criminal complaint, when the deputy arrived, Slupe had a man by the shirt collar. The man involved in the altercation with Slupe yelled to the deputy that Slupe had a knife.

The deputy, who was able to separate the two, spoke with Slupe, who looked to be under the influence of alcohol, according to the complaint. Slupe told the deputy he was upset because he thought the man had stolen $2,000 from him during a business deal two years earlier.

The deputy spoke with the victim, who was being treated for a serious health issue. He said Slupe entered the home earlier uninvited and would not leave. The victim said he tried to escape out the back of the house, but was grabbed by Slupe and was dragged toward the front door. The man grabbed the phone as he was being physically taken outside, the complaint states.

A knife was found in Slupe’s back pocket. At the time, Slupe denied that he threatened to kill the other man, the complaint states.

Slupe was dismissed Monday of first degree burglary charges, assault and communication interference charges. He awaits sentencing in October.