UPDATE: Man Accused of Holding Gun to Son's Head Pleads Not Guilty

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

UPDATE: 6/3 at 2:06 p.m.

A Wood County Judge has determined there is enough evidence to send Robert Hass, 81, to trial. Hass is accused of holding a loaded gun to his son's head.

During Monday's preliminary hearing, the first responding officer testified saying when he arrived at the Wisconsin Rapids home, Hass' son came out of the home and said his father pointed the gun at him following an argument over money.

Negotiators were able to get Hass to place the gun outside the door. He was arrested without incident.

Hass has pleaded not guilty to 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, operating firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

During the hearing, Hass' bond was also reduced with the condition he maintain absolute sobriety.

ORIGINAL STORY: 5/20 at 10:52 a.m.

An 81-year-old Wisconsin Rapids man accused of holding a gun to another person's head made his initial appearance in Wood County Court Monday morning.

Robert Hass is charged with 1st degree recklessly endangering safety, operating firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct. Hass also pleaded not guilty to his two misdemeanor charges on Monday.

According to a press, around 4 p.m. on May 9, police responded to to a possible standoff situation at Maples Mobile Park, 4610 8th Street South. Upon arrival, officers say they made phone contact with the Hass and after a short standoff the victim was able to exit the residence unharmed.

Police say the man eventually left the house after talking to a negotiator. He was taken into custody without further incident.

The initial reports say the incident may have started over disagreement about money.

Hass is free on a $500 signature bond and will return to court June 3 to enter a plea to his felony charge. Then, a judge will also determine if his case will head to trial.

The Wisconsin Rapids Police Department was assisted by the Wood County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Rapids Police Department, Nekoosa Police Department and Port Edwards Police Department.

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