Marshfield man pleads innocent to knife attack charges
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – A Marshfield man already on probation for stealing a Dick Trickle race car has pleaded innocent to charges that he went after social workers and police officers with a knife.
Patrick Langreck, 52, entered the plea yesterday Aug. 21 in Wood County Circuit Court.
Langreck is facing four charges of endangering safety and one count of resisting an officer. He faces more than 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts against him.
According to the criminal complaint, two probation officers had asked two social workers for help with Langreck, as they investigated a violation of his probation from the car theft case – which was not to consume alcohol.
The two social workers entered Langreck’s home July 21, and once he learned of the presence of two probation officers waiting outside, he grabbed a butcher knife and started swinging it near the two social workers. The criminal complaint says he then stabbed a chair.
The social workers ran from the house, and Langreck chased after them. They jumped in their car and fled the scene as Langreck threw the knife in their direction, and hit their vehicle as it sped away.
When police responded, they found Langreck with two knives, which he refused to drop. That’s when officers released a K-9 officer, and shot him with bean bag rounds. He was then arrested.
During yesterday’s court appearance, Langreck waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His next court appearance was scheduled for Nov. 9. He remains jailed on a $50,000 cash bond.
Langreck had previously been convicted of felony theft in May 2017, and was placed on probation for three years, with a condition that he not consume alcohol. In 2016, Langreck stole a Dick Trickle race car from his brothers, who bought the vehicle from a member of Trickle’s pit crew about 30 years ago, according to court documents. The car, known as the “Purple Knight,” was being stored in a barn in the town of Marshfield.