Rhinelander police say hostage situation was fabricated
Star Journal Report
A possible hostage situation at a Rhinelander motel Tuesday night looks very different today; after further investigation the alleged victim was arrested.
Rhinelander Police officers responded to the Rodeway in at 667 W. Kemp Street about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, after receiving a report of an adult female being held at gunpoint in a room on the first floor. After safely exiting the room, the woman told officers she was assaulted and she escaped after hitting the male on the head with a liquor bottle.
A press release issued Wednesday indicated police investigated the incident further and determined there was no hostage situation nor any supporting evidence to show the alleged attacker, Scott A. LaPlante, 33, was hit over the head with a bottle and no evidence the alleged victim, Alyah AL. Wayman, 20, was assaulted.
Wayman was arrested by Rhinelander detectives and taken to the Oneida County jail to be booked on obstruction, disorderly conduct and underage alcohol consumption. LaPlante will not be facing any charges. Officers believe there was a prior relationship between the two people and that alcohol was a contributing factor in this case. It appears the entire incident was fabricated.
Several emergency agencies were called to the scene Tuesday, including the Special Response Team (SRT) to assist with a barricaded and possibly armed subject, the Wisconsin State Patrol, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and Rhinelander Fire Department.