Man accused of scaring girls faces felony charge

Port resident confronted teens in Upper Lake Park, ran from officer who was bit by dog, complaint says
By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

A 29-year-old Port Washington man who allegedly terrorized four teenagers in Upper Lake Park while claiming to be Jesus last week has been charged with a felony count of false imprisonment.

David Scharfenberger-Roeper was also charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer after the Tuesday, Aug. 14, incident.

Ozaukee Circuit Court Judge Joseph Voiland set bail at $350 cash during an initial hearing Tuesday and ordered Scharfenberger-Roeper to have no contact with the teens and to maintain absolute sobriety.

Scharfenberger-Roeper was taken to Winnebago Mental Health Institute for emergency mental health treatment after the incident, the criminal complaint states.

According to the criminal complaint: 

Four 17-year-old girls were in a car in Upper Lake Park in Port Washington when Scharfenberger-Roeper, accompanied by a German shepherd, began tapping on their window and telling the driver she needed to get out of the car or he would have someone come and get her.

The driver said she put the car in reverse but Scharfenberger-Roeper stood behind the car, preventing her from leaving. He told the girls he was a son of David, Jesus and the Alpha and Omega, and showed the girls tattoos on his arms and torso while telling the driver to get out of the car.

Port Washington Police officer Anthony Becker found the girls crying and screaming in the car when he arrived at the scene about 9:30 p.m.

 When Becker asked Scharfenberger-Roeper why he was talking to the girls, he said it was personal and ran away. Becker chased him in the park until he fell. The men struggled, and Scharfenberger-Roeper’s dog bit Becker in his leg, drawing blood and requiring him to seek medical treatment.

 Even after he was handcuffed, Scharfenberger-Roeper continued to resist arrest, refusing to walk.

Port Washington police cited him for having a vicious dog, an unlicensed dog and a dog running at large.

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