Parking Dispute Leads to Criminal Damage
By Jacob Mathias
A Wisconsin Rapids man could see jail time after allegedly damaging a vehicle belonging to a man who took his parking space.
Daniel Williams, 76, made his initial appearance in Wood County Circuit Court on Monday. He is charged with criminal damage to property, a class A misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of nine months imprisonment, or a $10,000 fine or both.
According to court documents, Wisconsin Rapids police officers were dispatched to the local Walmart store on March 3 where they met with the victim, the man who called them. He showed them his 2013 pickup truck which had deep scratches along the driver’s side door reportedly sustained while the man was in the store.
A witness on the scene told police he saw Williams in his white minivan become very angry when the victim parked his truck. Williams reportedly yelled and screamed at him. Once the victim left his vehicle and entered the store, the witness said he saw Williams exit his van and get very close to the victim’s truck. He believed Williams was close enough to have damaged the truck.
When Williams returned to his vehicle from the store, police questioned him about the incident. Williams admitted to being involved in a parking incident and said he was upset that the victim had taken his parking spot.
He denied damaging the vehicle.
Store security footage showed Williams get very close to the vehicle and drag his hand along the damaged area.
Williams returns to court on October 16 at 9:00 AM for a pre-trial conference.