WAUSAU (WAOW) - A 32-year-old mother walking with two children in a stroller was pushed to the ground by a man who had a knife and demanded money, Wausau police said Monday.
The incident took place about 9:15 a.m. Friday near Brockmeyer Park on Wausau's west side, Lt. Dwayne Dachel said.
A 40-year-old man was arrested about 15 minutes later near 36th Avenue, Dachel said.
Robert B. Carey, 40, of Wausau was charged Monday with felony attempt armed robbery with threat of force and misdemeanor battery in the incident, according to online Marathon County Circuit Court records. Bail was set at $50,000.
The mother was walking on a sidewalk in the 4200 block of Stettin Drive when a man walking fast came up behind her, pushed her down, displayed a small knife, perhaps a kitchen knife, and demanded her money, Dachel said.
"She screamed and kicked at him," the lieutenant said. "She continued screaming and the male took off running."
The children in the stroller, both two years old, were not hurt, Dachel said, but the woman received some scratches on her arm from being pushed down on the ground.
Newsline 9 reached out to the mother. She didn't want to go on camera, but she says the experience was very traumatizing and asks for her family's privacy at this time.
After Carey was arrested at gunpoint by a Wausau police officer, Carey told officers he was “having a bad day and needed some money,” the complaint said.
Carey said he used a kitchen knife that he had in his pocket and threw it into some woods after he ran away from the woman through Brockmeyer Park, the complaint said.
Police recovered the knife with Carey's help, the complaint said.
Residents in the area say the incident is shocking.
"It's a little alarming disturbing," said Joy Buchberger of Wausau. "I wouldn't imagine something like that happening in the day time."
Carey is set to appear in court again in September.