OUTAGAMIE COUNTY — A charge of “make terrorist threats, use of a dangerous weapon” was filed Wednesday, December 28th against 28-year-old Christopher Hawkins after the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute had to be evacuated on Tuesday, December 27th.
Hawkins was arrested Wednesday in Minnesota.
According to WBAY, Hawkins is currently being held on a weapons charge in the Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis following his arrest. The Outagamie County district attorney is working on Hawkins’ extradition back to Wisconsin.
Business was back to normal at the Fox River Mall Wednesday.
But there was a large police presence at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute Tuesday evening amid reports of a person in the mall with a gun. It was later determined there was NO THREAT to the mall.
Several employees inside the mall told WLUK they were told to evacuate Tuesday evening. The evacuation was ordered shortly after 6:00 p.m.
Investigators told WLUK family members called police and said a man could be at Fox River Mall with a gun. Family members said the man was suicidal and had a gun. No threat was found at the mall.
The mall was placed under lockdown as a precaution. Some employees stayed inside — but they were told to shelter in place.
The mall would remain closed Tuesday night.
According to WLUK, the criminal complaint indicates this all began with an argument between Hawkins and his girlfriend in an Appleton parking ramp — at the Copper Leaf Hotel, according to WBAY.
WBAY is reporting the complaint indicates Hawkins pulled a handgun and threatened to kill himself. Hawkins then told his girlfriend he was going to Chicago and left.
Hawkins and his girlfriend reconnected on the phone, and Hawkins told the girlfriend he was going to “shoot up” the Copper Leaf Hotel and that he would kill himself, according to the complaint.
The girlfriend received another call from Hawkins, who said he was in the parking lot of the Fox River Mall and he was going to “shoot up the mall and she might as well call the police.”
During this time, Hawkins told his girlfriend, “I guarantee by the end of the night someone is going to die,” according to the complaint.
The criminal complaint does not state that Hawkins was ever actually at the Fox River Mall.
According to WBAY, Hawkins’ phone pinged in western Wisconsin ahead of his arrest Wednesday in Minnesota.
“Once we realized he crossed the border over to Minnesota, we reached out to the local FBI office in Green Bay, requested some assistance in taking him into custody. They ran with it, and were able to locate him in a parking lot of a business in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and were able to take him into custody without incident,” Grand Chute Officer Travis Waas told WBAY.