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Boy, 17, charged as adult with attempted robbery in what authorities describe as violent incident

March 30, 2019

A Poynette teen is being charged with attempted robbery after authorities say he punched a female victim in the head and tried to take her wallet.

Dylan R. Walters, 17, of Poynette, has been charged with one count of attempted armed robbery with use of force.

According to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday, a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputy claims that on March 24, a female and her friend were assaulted by three males, one being identified as Walters.

The complaint says a carload of people picked up the female victim and her friend from a residence. While the six people in total were driving through Lodi, the vehicle stopped, and three males got out.

The complaint says Walters punched the female victim in the back of the head several times with both hands and told her to hand over her wallet before trying to drag her out of the vehicle.

According to the complaint, when the female victim refused to give Walters her wallet, he continued to hit her and threatened to harm her if she called the police.

The female victim told deputies she believed the assault lasted about 15 minutes before the car drove off and left the female victim and her friend at an intersection.

In an initial appearance in Columbia County Circuit Court on Thursday, Walters was released from custody on a $1,000 signature bond. He is due to return to court on May 29.

If convicted, Walters could face maximum punishments of up to 7½ years in prison and $25,000 in fines.