By LeAnn R. Ralph
COLFAX — A 21-year-old Colfax man has been arrested on pending charges of first degree recklessly endangering safety after allegedly striking another man in the head with a gun.
The suspect has been identified as Matthew Adix.
According to a news release from the Colfax Police Department, at approximately 9:45 p.m. on Friday, August 15, the Colfax Police Department, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department and the Colfax Rescue Squad were dispatched to a residence on River Street in the Village of Colfax where a man had been hit in the head with a gun.
Two men fled the scene and were located a few minutes later by Dunn County deputies. The vehicle had stopped in the Pioneer Bar parking lot. One man fled on foot and another man and woman were taken into custody for questioning.
Using a tracking dog and night vision instruments, Dunn County deputies attempted to find the fleeing suspect but were not successful, according to the news release.
The woman was questioned by deputies and released, and the man, Matthew Adix, was transported to the Dunn County jail where he was held on pending charges of first degree recklessly endangering safety.
Judge Rod Smeltzer set bail for Adix at $200 cash during a hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court on Monday, August 18.
The initial charge against Adix was first degree recklessly endangering safety, but the charge may end up being substantial battery, said Andrew Maki, Dunn County assistant district attorney, during the bail hearing.
According to the woman in vehicle, Nicole Baumgartner, another man, David Andrle, had said he wanted to get even with a drug dealer, Maki said.
Baumgartner told deputies that Andrle struck a man named Clayton Davis, and they fell to the ground fighting, he said.
Adix then struck Davis with the pistol, according to Baumgartner, Maki said.
Even though Adix has no prior criminal record, because of the seriousness of the allegations, Maki asked the court to set bail at $500 cash.
Donna Burger, an attorney appearing in court with Adix, said because Adix had no prior criminal record, had lived in the area for three years, had worked at the same job for a year and a half, and had community ties, that a signature bond should be set.
If Judge Smeltzer were to set a cash bond, it should be for a low amount, Burger said, suggesting $50.
Judge Smeltzer asked Adix if he could post cash, and upon hearing that the defendant could post a cash bond, set bail at $200 cash.
Judge Smeltzer ordered that Adix have no contact with the 45-year-old Davis and no contact with a 31-year-old woman named Christina Kneece.
Adix is scheduled for another hearing in Dunn County Circuit Court on October 7 at 10:45 a.m.