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$50,000 bail for accused hostage-taker

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SHAWANO (WAOW) - A gunman accused of holding a fast food worker hostage in Wittenberg was ordered jailed on a $50,000 cash bond Tuesday.

Travis Keiler, 28, of Gillett, made his first appearance in Shawano County Circuit Court after being charged following a two-hour standoff at a McDonald's/Shell convenience store April 22. No one was hurt.

Keiler was taken to a mental health center for evaluation after the incident in which he agreed to surrender peacefully after police promised to take him there and not jail, the criminal complaint said.

Keiler was charged with two felonies - taking hostages and failing to comply with officers - and two misdemeanors - carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct.

Prosecutors say Keiler, armed with a .38-caliber pistol, kept the fast food worker hostage for about an hour before letting him go.

During negotiations to get Keiler to surrender, Keiler told a detective that he had quit his job in DePere and had been "driving all over the area" before ending up in Wittenberg with the stolen pistol, the complaint said.

During Tuesday's court appearance, a judge attached some conditions to Keiler's bail, including that he have no firearms, remain absolutely sober and take all prescribed medications, online court records said.

His preliminary hearing was set for May 13.

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