PdC man beaten, left in the woods to die

An attempt at online dating proved to be almost fatal for a 40-year-old Prairie du Chien man. 

Four Wabeno, Wis. residents were charged in Forest County Circuit Court March 19 with attempted first degree intentional homicide and numerous other charges following a bizarre incident in which Steven Roberts was beaten and left in the woods to die. 

According to the criminal complaint, Raymond Jones, 45, April Jones, 38, Justin Bey, 21 and Samantha McCellan, 18, allegedly beat the man for two days in a Wabeno home, 4464 Folkman Street. The complaint further states that the four left Roberts for dead in the woods hoping that wolves would eat him. Forest County District Attorney Charles Simono said that the man was hit with sticks, punched and kicked in the groin and head. The man was also urinated on and smeared with feces.

The complaint said that one of the people charged met Roberts on a dating website. April Jones and her husband Ray picked Roberts up and took him to their house in Wabeno where Justin Bey also lives, according to the complaint. Roberts lived in the home for about three weeks. 

The complaint states that one of the Jones’ children said that Roberts touched her behind with an open hand on the way back from a store.

Roberts was then beaten for two days, according to the complaint. 

Roberts tried to escape the home but was unsuccessful. After two days, he was taken to a forest road near Crandon and left there, the complaint said. ATV riders found Roberts March 12. 

Roberts had a significant loss of blood, a degree of hypothermia that led to the solidification of one limb, and extensive frostbite throughout his body. He sustained multiple fractures to the head and face, a broken jaw and two broken ribs. One leg and the opposite foot may need to be amputated.

Two juveniles have also been charged in the case. 

Raymond Jones has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, strangulation-suffocation, kidnapping, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, false imprisonment, aggravated battery-intending great bodily harm, and disorderly conduct.

April Jones has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, kidnapping, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery-intending great bodily harm.   

Justin Bey has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, strangulation-suffocation, kidnapping, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, false imprisonment, and aggravated battery-intending great bodily harm. 

Samantha McCellan has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide, kidnapping, false imprisonment, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child, and aggravated battery-intending great bodily harm.

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