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18-year-old charged with allegedly trying to kill ex-girlfriend in Manitowoc County

Posted: 6:21 PM, Oct 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-24 20:26:36Z
Teen charged with trying to kill ex-girlfriend

MANITOWOC, Wis. -- A Wisconsin teen has been charged for allegedly trying to kill his ex-girlfriend.

Joshua Radder, 18, appeared in Manitowoc County court Monday facing seven charges, including attempted first degree intentional homicide with use of a dangerous weapon, false imprisonment and theft. Radder appeared with a public defender Monday, but said he plans to hire a private attorney.

He is accused of holding his ex-girlfriend in a headlock, putting a gun to her head and pulling the trigger , police said. 

On October 18, police responded to the 2400 block of Franklin Street around 8:40 p.m. for a report of someone trying to shoot another person.

Radder allegedly stole two guns from a friend's house where he was staying and went to his ex-girlfriend's residence there, according to court documents.

The girl told police he put a gun to her head. A witness said he heard a click, but the gun didn't fire, the criminal complaint said.

Radder then allegedly held the witness hostage, forcing him to drive to Sheboygan before returning to Manitowoc where he was arrested, the criminal complaint said.

Radder will be back in court on October 30.