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Man Allegedly Pulls Gun in Greenfield Restaurant After He Gets a Piece of Birthday Cake

Suspect pulls out a concealed handgun and threatens to shoot his friend after they go to cheer up the man for his birthday.

MILWAUKEE, WI -- A 48-year-old Greenfield man is facing charges after he allegedly pulled out his gun at an area restaurant after his friends got him a piece of cake to celebrate his birthday, then leading police into a standoff at his home.

Richard E. Joslin was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Tuesday with one count of disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On May 15, two of Joslin’s friends took him to to celebrate his birthday and cheer him up. The waitress brought him a piece of cake and then went to get candles to put on top of it when he suddenly got in the face of one of his friend’s and shouted “back up off me,” then pulled up his shirt exposing a handgun he had in a holster.

Joslin continued yelling “back off me” and then “cocked the hammer back” on the gun and then told the man “you know what this means?” Joslin then threatened to punch the man by taking a mock swing at him.

The two men then fled the restaurant and went to the Greenfield Police Department to report Joslin, who they feared as suicidal and dangerous given his military and weapons experience. Officers then went to Joslin’s residence in the 3500 block of South Rivershire Drive where a standoff ensued before he was taken into custody.

He will make his initial appearance in court Aug. 13.

Str8shooter August 04, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I am also familiar with this guy. He has had mental health issues for awhile. Two years ago he was suicidal and homicidal which led to a police standoff at his Apt. He was taken to a mental hospital and all his guns were confiscated. The police were forced to give all his guns back last year. Since then he has been arrested 2 or 3 more times which included a 2nd stand off. He has a ccw permit which was granted even after all these mental health issues and arrests. I'm not saying we need more regulations but the regulations we do have seriously need to be revised if he isn't considered mentally incompetent. And from what I'm told, nothing he has been arrested for qualifies to revoke his ccw permit.
Another Poetlake August 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM
GNOBIEO1, No, I mean uniform gun laws. The best of all the laws on the books should be initiated in all 50 states. That is "Uniform Gun Law" not gun ban.
Another Poetlake August 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Harry, The person who sent me the following might not agree with you. "I am also familiar with this guy. He has had mental health issues for awhile. Two years ago he was suicidal and homicidal which led to a police standoff at his Apt. He was taken to a mental hospital and all his guns were confiscated. The police were forced to give all his guns back last year. Since then he has been arrested 2 or 3 more times which included a 2nd stand off. He has a ccw permit which was granted even after all these mental health issues and arrests. I'm not saying we need more regulations but the regulations we do have seriously need to be revised if he isn't considered mentally incompetent. And from what I'm told, nothing he has been arrested for qualifies to revoke his ccw permit."
Dean Netzel March 20, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Rick wait till you come to my house, little brother gonna kick ya right square in the ass. Then I'm calling ma. Shes gonna chew you a good one. Brother learn the ways of how to chill. Stop taking shit personal. Little brother gonna show you the way. In no time you'll be back to the Rick I remember when you took over my room....ass LOL. Will talk Saturday when your here!!!!!
Danny Sarandos January 22, 2014 at 09:13 PM
I just want to let you all know that I have known rick for 30 years and he is one of the gentallist person that you would love to know,joe umbach on the other hand is one conniving, thieving,lying,want to be a bad ass piece of shit...and when rick called him out his snitching punk ass went to the cops to get rick in trouble..this didn't have anything to do with the birthday cake..rick didn't need a gun to whip these two mfs..rick is a very skilled fighter when need be and would never hurt anyone for no reason and joe umbach would sucker punch anyone in a heartbeat..so before you start writing any comments you would need to know more about the people involved and the story behind it

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