EC man convicted of robbing woman with police baton

January 9 – EAU CLAIRE – One of two men accused of stealing his backpack from a woman near a bridge in Eau Claire armed with what looked like a police baton will be sentenced in March.

Tyrell W. Hedlund, 19, 3014 Essex St., recently argued without dispute in Eau Claire County Court to one count of armed robbery.

Judge John Manydeeds convicted Hedlund and ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the state Department of Corrections.

Manydeeds has also revoked Hedlund’s bail, meaning he will remain in the Eau Claire County jail until his conviction on March 3.

Hedlund could be sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Hedlund’s co-accused Grant E. Trapani, 21, 919 Feather Court, Altoona, returns to court on January 19.

According to the criminal complaint:

A woman called police to report that she had her backpack stolen by two men just after 10:30 p.m. on Monday, July 12, near the west side of the High Bridge in the 2500 block of First Street.

The woman said she was cycling the bike path back to her residence. Two males then jumped in front of her, blocking her path.

One of the men gave the woman a man’s name and asked if she knew him. The woman said it was her boyfriend.

One of the men then took out a stick, stretched it threateningly towards the woman and told her to give her her backpack.

After the woman gave her her backpack, the two then wandered off onto the bike path.

The woman said the men did not touch or physically assault her. But she felt that she would have been beaten with the stick if she had not put on her backpack.

A police officer noted that the woman appeared to have been traumatized by the incident as she was very emotional and cried as she described what had happened.

The woman said clothes, her wallet with her ID card and two pocket knives were inside the backpack.

A police officer found the woman’s backpack and much of its contents strewn along the bike path.

Another policeman found Hedlund and Trapani walking south along First Avenue. They matched the description given by the suspect’s wife.

Hedlund and Trapani told the officer that they did not come into contact with anyone during their walk.

Officers then interviewed the men separately.

A baton and knife were found in Hedlund’s pockets.

A knife was also found in Trapani’s pocket. Five yellow pills were found in his backpack.

The woman identified the two knives as belonging to her.

After his arrest, Trapani then admitted that he and Hedlund met a woman during their walk.

Trapani said he recognized the woman in a previous altercation years ago.

An altercation may have taken place between Hedlund and the woman, but Trapani said he kept walking and had no involvement.

Hedlund was prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of one count of significant bodily harm in August 2020 in Eau Claire County.

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