MADISON (WKOW) --A Madison man who held police officers at bay for more than twelve hours before surrendering after a violent confrontation faces seven felony charges.
51-year old Steven Boyle appeared in Dane County Court Friday, nearly a month after the standoff on Berwyn Drive on the city's west side. Boyle has been held, as state officials investigated whether he violated the terms of his probation from an earlier crime.
Authorities say when officers stormed Boyle's home Sept. 10, he started a chain saw, and punched several officers. Court records state Boyle fought through tear gas, a taser, punches, and a blow from the butt of a rifle, before he could be arrested. Authorities say Boyle was strangling a police dog, until officers pulled him away.
Assistant Dane County district attorney Jordan Lippert says since 1992, Boyle has been charged with seven felony crimes, and twenty misdemeanors. Six of his current seven felony charges relate to resisting arrest.
Neighbors tell 27 News Boyle has been a long-time threat to them, by speeding through the street, making threats to kill, and conducting apparent drug deals at his home.
A man who agreed to speak to 27 News if we identified him only by his first name of Craig says he's witnessed Boyle's outbursts, and avoided exchanging even neighborhood greetings with Boyle.
Craig says and he and other neighbors are concerned the criminal justice system has been treating Boyle leniently, and he'll return to terrorize them.
"Why does anybody need to live that way?" Craig says. "None of us deserve to live like that."
Another neighbor, who asked that she be allowed to remain entirely anonymous, says her attempts to sell her home have been torpedoed by her proximity to Boyle, and her unwillingness to allow a buyer to purchase her property without being informed of his past.
Court documents state a witness said Boyle was smoking crack cocaine before the standoff.
A court commissioner Friday set Boyle's bail at $21,000. Even if Boyle posted bond and his probation situation was resolved, his bail conditions bar him from returning to Berwyn Drive.
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