SAWYER COUNTY — A man is facing charges of armed robbery after he allegedly stole a vehicle at gunpoint on November 7, 2019, in Sawyer County, WI.

A criminal complaint filed on November 26, 2019, alleges that Nathan Hart of Cumberland, WI, stole a vehicle at gunpoint from patrons of the Sevenwinds Casino in Sawyer County, WI.

The victims from whom the vehicle was allegedly stolen told Law Enforcement that while inside the casino, they were approached by a female who asked if they would help her and her two female friends by giving them a ride because her vehicle had run out of gasoline.

At one point during this ride, the victims turned their vehicle onto Osprey Lake Access Rd. where they saw an older Cadillac vehicle. The victims stopped their vehicle near where the Cadillac was parked. After the victims got out of their vehicle, a man, later identified as Nathan Hart, approached them while holding a shotgun. 

Hart then allegedly struck one of the victims in the head with the shotgun multiple times.

Following the attack, Hart got into the victims’ vehicle and left, with the 3 females who had asked for a ride still inside.

Shortly after this, the theft of the vehicle was reported to Sawyer County Law Enforcement. An Officer with the Lac Courte Oreilles Police Department was en route responding to the call when the stolen vehicle was spotted on World’s End Road. The Officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, however when the Officer asked the driver to provide his driver’s license, the driver put the vehicle into gear and sped away from the traffic stop.

The Officer took pursuit of the vehicle, which was traveling at speeds of 70 miles per hour in a 20 mile per hour zone. The vehicle continued on at a high rate of speed, with the driver ignoring stop signs, weaving through traffic, and failing to stay in its lane of travel.

After traveling into a front yard on Neezh Street, the driver got out of the vehicle and ran into the woods. After a brief foot pursuit, Hart was taken into custody. Inside the vehicle, Officers located a sawed-off shotgun, a scale which tested positive for methamphetamine, prescription medication inside zip loc bags, along with other items that appeared to be for the use of a controlled substance.

Hart is charged with Class C Felony Armed Robbery With Use Of Force, Class I Felony Attempting to Flee or Elude an Officer, Class G Felony Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer, and Misdemeanor Battery; Use of a Dangerous Weapon.

At the time of this post, did not locate any information about new charges for anyone else who had been in the vehicle, so their names and info were not included in this post.

At a hearing on November 14, 2019, Hart was placed on a $5,000 cash bail bond, according to online circuit court records.

Hart made an initial court appearance for his charges and is scheduled to appear again in December.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Last Update: Nov 28, 2019 12:04 pm CST

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