GI police arrest dangerous felon

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island Police Wednesday arrested a man wanted for beating a Lincoln couple with a baseball bat.

Police said they arrested 49-year-old Joel Watermeier around 6:20 p.m. near 13th and Boggs.

The patrol officer recognized Watermeier's car from descriptions in three warrants. They stopped the car and arrested Watermeier without incident.

13th and Boggs is about one block from Grand Island Central Catholic middle and high schools.

Watermeier had three arrest warrants pending, First Degree Assault, First Degree False Imprisonment and Use of a Weapon to Commit a Felony.

He was connected to a September 19 incident in which he allegedly assaulted two Lincoln residents with whom he was living.

Lincoln Police said he assaulted the 35-year-old man and 36-year-old woman with a baseball bat and wouldn't let them leave. He eventually drove them in the direction of the hospital but let them get treatment. The victims jumped out when the vehicle came to a brief stop.

Watermeier was also involved in an officer-involved shooting in 2002. He served 13 years in prison in that incident.

The Lancaster County sheriff considered Watermeier very dangerous.

The suspect was transported to Lancaster County jail at 12:55 p.m. Thursday and is still in custody at this time.

His first court date is set for Friday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

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