Bomb Squad Called to Home of the Man Accused of Spitting on a Cop

Steven Farrell, the man who allegedly spit on an officer in January, led officers on a vehicle chase and had the Milwaukee Bomb Squad called to his house Sunday. The two incidences represent a laundry list of run-ins with the law in 2013.

It’s been a rollercoaster 2013 for 59-year-old Steven Farrell who is accused of spitting on an officer after an incident in January. On Sunday, Farrell eluded police and had the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad in his front yard, according to the Menomonee Falls Police Department.

According to the MFPD reports:

At roughly 2 p.m. Sunday, Farrell nearly struck a police officer with his vehicle while the officer was standing on the roadway during a different traffic stop. Farrell then fled at a high rate of speed and eluded officers by increasing speed and making several turns. He led police to his residence on the Roger Avenue.

Farrell attempted to run into his home through the rear door, but officers took him into custody after he resisted arrest. The investigation revealed Farrell may have been intoxicated. Officers found several open cans of beer and hard lemonade in his vehicle. He also failed sobriety tests and was transported for a blood draw.

A little later…

Police interviewed a relative of the Farrell at 2:40 p.m. that day, and she reported various items of drug paraphernalia inside his home. She also told police she discovered what she thought was a homemade explosive device in his home on Roger Avenue.

The device consisted of a plastic bottle attached to the back of a door with electrical wiring running from it to a keypad. The door had a sign with a warning "to run" if the device were triggered. The relative said Farrell made comments in the past “that he wished to construct mailbox bombs.”

Milwaukee's Bomb Squad was then dispatched to the home, but they determined the contraption was not a bomb.

For the past month, Farrell has been in several run-ins with local law enforcement. He was cited for disorderly conduct earlier in January after his neighbor called in a noise complaint. Police say he started shouting when they arrived and they requested he turn down his music. Police arrested him for disorderly conduct, and during the booking process he spit on one of the officers, according to police. He is facing a felony charge for discharging bodily fluid on a public safety employee.

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Earlier that same day, officers had been called to Village Park when the man got into an argument with his wife.

Four days after those two incidents, Farrell was arrested for bail jumping after contacting his neighbor – who lodged the initial noise complaint with police. According to MFPD reports, he attempted to contact the neighbor multiple times both in person and by leaving a note at her door between Jan. 11 and Jan. 12. 

When police arrived at the Farrell’s home in response to that call, he was also said to be consuming alcohol. Both contacting the witness and consuming alcohol were violations of his bail. He was arrested and transported to the Waukesha County Jail. 

On Feb. 8, Farrell’s neighbor called police after he began yelling at her around 1:06 p.m. Squads reported to the scene shortly after, but he had left the scene prior to their arrival, according to reports from the MFPD.

Farrell later returned, and was taken into custody for bail jumping. The man had consumed alcohol, which was a violation of his bail. He was also in possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia, according to the report.

In total, Farrell is now charged with:  

  • six counts of felony bail jumping,
  • one felony count of discharging bodily fluid on a public safety officer,
  • two felony counts of possession of narcotic drugs,
  • one count of  possession of paraphernalia,
  • one felony count of eluding an officer
  • one count of resisting an officer
  • one count for misdemeanor disorderly conduct. 

He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 28.  

He is now being held in the Waukesha County Jail on a $15,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is at 8:15 a.m. Feb. 28. 

Former Resident February 20, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Looks like hotel management material. Oh wait...
Former Resident February 20, 2013 at 03:54 AM
Nuitari - "WINNING" is awesome. The internets are yours.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 20, 2013 at 11:06 AM
I am Epic Winning. Duh.
former neighbor. February 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM
What is going on in the quiet town I grew up in, we had problems, but nothing like this. I grew up with Steve and would never have imagined this.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM
As far as the bomb incident....that makes two sorry excuses for a bomb in recent history. The other was a used firework in a mailbox in Lilly Creek.
The lord Jesus Christ February 20, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Praise him. The lord will be there through all his sins. The lord will bless him.
Jann February 20, 2013 at 10:39 PM
That doesn't help one of his future victims. This guy is dangerous and is going to hurt someone. Let the lord bless him while he's in jail repenting which will hopefully be prior to serious injury to an innocent person.
The lord Jesus Christ February 20, 2013 at 11:49 PM
You are all sinners. Don't act innocent. I am also a sinner. His sins are just more severe, but in the end we are all the same.
John Bradtke February 21, 2013 at 12:26 AM
like I said, next mass murderer waiting to happen
Steve ® February 21, 2013 at 04:19 PM
So go out with a bang?
Jann February 21, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Craig: The outcome of that would depend on who's faster at pulling the trigger though.
Nuitari (Grand Master Editor) February 21, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Million dollars says this guy will get all charges except one bailjumping dropped and end up doing 90 days in jail, and 2-3 years probation.
ATherapist February 22, 2013 at 06:21 AM
U people are amazing...truly! Here's a bright idea....have a crisis intervention team on staff that known the difference between harmful behaviours and behavior that is so apparently. Abnormal !! This is not some dumb junkie this is a person that is truly in crisis. Where is the Menomonee Falls crisis intervention team?....oh yeah that's right-They don't have one !!! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that this man is in crisis...he just didn't get that way....even the cops said what happened to him that they never heard his name up until a little over a month ago.
Jann February 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM
The Falls cops maybe never heard of him, but his record goes back way farther than a few months. I suggest you check out CCAP before you yell at everyone else who obey the laws.
John Bradtke February 22, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Waukesha county does have a 24/7 mental health crisis intervention team-not reasonable to expect a village of ~35k to have one, And yes, he does deserve the help, including full prosecution, that he needs given a pattern of increasingly aggressive, irrational, and now more public behavior
Sebastian February 23, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Dear Craig, Karma's a Bitch. You better hope he doesn't hang himself.
Sebastian February 23, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Jann, And you are perfect with no past? Don't look down on someone unless your helping them up.
Jann February 23, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Worst thing on my record is a speeding ticket thats 30 years old now. Nobody is perfect, but you can't compare this to the average citizen. Please open your eyes to this guy and others like him. Do you live in the Falls? I do and his residence is way closer to me than I feel comfortable with. The guy needs help and needs to be locked up until he's better. Someone innocent is going to pay the price if he does not get help.
jerry mislang February 25, 2013 at 01:40 PM
When they searched his house I know one thing the DIDN'T find....a comb.
ATherapist May 18, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Mental health care is a joke...Waukesha county has offered him no help whatsoever...I know the family and they tried..if u don't know what you are talking about then zip it...the man is in major trauma...he made terrible choices yes...btw I did c his record and I know for a fact he was falsely accused..he got kicked in the mouth by his son...hence the reason his jaw does not work right..if you got something to pip about in ur spare time ..do something useful like advocate for a crisis intervention team..instead of judging when u don't know the facts...and Jann I know who u are get over it..I hope no one ever has to suffer from trauma but if you do and u have PTSD ...oh well...remember there is only one judge


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