Suspects in Saturday disturbance ID’d; witnesses sought

Metro Wire Staff

Stevens Point police say they’ve identified two men they believe were involved in a July 24 confrontation near Park and Church streets. 

Police say two people, a 37-year-old man, and a woman, age 42, were riding bicycles in the area when they were approached by a vehicle containing Andrew W. Zarda, 32, and 23-year-old Dalton J. Vribes, both of Stevens Point.

As the vehicle passed the bicyclists someone from the vehicle shouted that they should be riding on the sidewalk. One of the bicyclists responded that they “did not belong” on the sidewalk, according to a news release from SPPD.

The vehicle approached the bicyclists again a short time later at Francis and Walter streets at 9:15 p.m. Both men exited the vehicle and “had a confrontation” with the cyclists. 

The cyclists called the police with a description of the vehicle and license plate number, which helped law enforcement locate the two suspects.

“We believe this to be an isolated incident,” Lt. Dana Williams said in the news release.

A request for charges has been sent to the Portage Co. District Attorney’s Office. Vribes faces charges of disorderly conduct, theft, and criminal damage to property. Dalton will face charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, both party to the crime, and obstructing an officer. 

A video of the confrontation was reportedly posted to social media.

“We wish to remind the community if they do have video to assist in an investigation we encourage them to contact the police department,” Williams said. 

The SPPD can be reached at 715.346.1500.

Updates as we have them.