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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.

Jamie July 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Well, i guess thats where the friendship would end! Next time its get your own cake dude! Better choose your friends also. Tends to help. Then again, friends kill other friends these days as well. Totally insane!
Another Poetlake July 08, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Please, please, please would responsible gun owners step up and do what the hierarchy of the NRA has not and demand uniform gun laws so that irresponsible gun-tottin' John Wayne wannabees like the J/A in this article can be deprived of their "Blue Steel" bravery pill. These are the kind of people that cast a shadow over all gun owners. Search "Steel Toys --- Gun Poem" on YouTube.
Harry July 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
It has been the law for many years that mentally incompetant people may not possess firearms...no change in the law is needed.
Peg July 08, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Because they have nothing else that isn't anti-liberal.
GNOBIE01 July 08, 2012 at 09:11 PM
YOU MEAN DEMAND UNIFORM GUN BANS?....I THINK THAT ALL KINDS OF LAWS WERE BROKEN HERE....SORRY HANDGUN CONTROL....BUT GUN CONTROL FAILED HERE..... NOT NRA
Grace July 08, 2012 at 09:17 PM
The right to bear arms does not include the right to take a weapon to your birthday party and threaten to shoot your friends. The Founding Fathers implemented the 2nd amendment in the event that the British were going to re-invade us after we broke off. Obviously this moron didn't know that!
Texas NDN July 08, 2012 at 09:26 PM
That shadow is cast by idiots that think the NRA is responsible for the crazies like this guy. There are plenty of gun laws ON the books. Those laws don't stop the crazies & criminals from getting the guns. Don't blame those of us who abide the laws & own responsibly.
Jozek Niegorol July 08, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Exactly why did this twit take a gun to a restaurant? or course this idiocy has the full support of the NRA
Susan Bond July 08, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Freak. Put him away and throw away the key. If he's THIS screwed up... can you imagine what he'd do if this wasn't just some stupid piece of cake?
Melissa Goodwin July 08, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I think the man was agiataed when all the servers came over to his table, clapping and singing, "Happy, Happy Birthday, Today is your big day, Happy, Happy Birthday you can have it your own way!" I'd pull a gun on them too!
knick fan July 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
I WANTED BUTTER CREAM!!!! They just wouldn't listen.
John Fritz July 08, 2012 at 11:39 PM
what the hell does this have to do with anti-liberal? It's a stupid story with almost no information of what transpired. But anti-liberal? Really? Did you and I read the same story? No where in there did I read anything to the effect of, "... and so he pulled out a gun and was arrested. And we think this was an infringement on his gun rights." The next time you have a thought, let it go. You liberal jack ass.
Steffen Jobbs July 08, 2012 at 11:55 PM
He wasn't going to blow out the candles. He was going to shoot them out.
james July 09, 2012 at 12:07 AM
maybe he had a traumatic experience at some point where a cake was seen or involved an it brought back painful memories. lol .or maybe he took it as his friends saying "does the widdo baby wana piece of cake?" an he was like f' you man! not saying what he did was right by any means,..just wish there were more info as to what the hell actually caused this dumb behavior..oh yeah..he's an idiot.
steven Jacobs July 09, 2012 at 01:08 AM
have you contacted the NRA to see if this guy has their "full support"? Or are you just spouting whatever nonsense pops into your head?
heidi July 09, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Just another idiot
BadddSanta July 09, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Peg; STFU already moron.
BadddSanta July 09, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Maybe he thought the Cake was a Table side bomb.
JC July 09, 2012 at 11:41 AM
So what's the question. Does he still have any friends? Will He ever have any friends again? I believe after this night His time out with friends is over. So when you get out of jail enjoy your lonely life LOOSER....
JC July 09, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Maybe the staff should have cut His hand off with a butcher knife...
Rooftop Voter July 09, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Me thinks he had a severe allergy to cake. Pulling a handgun is severe in my book.
randy west July 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
twinkie defense!
rkeeeballs July 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM
You got it right Grace !
Kimberly ann mayrand July 20, 2012 at 08:28 AM
I know this guy he was in the military and had a mental breakdown and now was diagnosed with schitzoprenia. True story and he is in jail for beating up a officer now.
Kimberly ann mayrand July 20, 2012 at 08:35 AM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&ved=0CF0QFjAD&url=http%3A%2F%2Fgreenfield.patch.com%2Farticles%2Fgreenfield-man-faces-more-charges&ei=sxYJULbNLeHL0QGwzZXCAw&usg=AFQjCNHGrFii74RG4jCfDRvtJTpJf4NRyA
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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