Man charged af­ter fir­ing gun dur­ing Bit­coin beef

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Milwaukee Wisconsin -

As the world was go­ing crazy over bit­coin, whose value neared $20,000 last month af­ter start­ing 2017 at less than $1,000, three men were dis­cussing a sale of the dig­i­tal cur­rency in an east side Milwaukee con­do­minium.

Jonathan W. Royce, 28, ap­par­ently had some bit­coin to sell to a man iden­ti­fied in court records only as GPK. But the ne­go­ti­a­tions had slowed or stalled and an­other man, “Dal­las,” ar­gued with Royce to com­plete the trans­ac­tion.

At that point, GPK told po­lice, Royce pulled out a gun, pointed it across the room to­ward GPK and Dal­las. GPK turned to run and heard a shot.

Ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint charg­ing Royce with sec­ond-de­gree reck­less en­dan­ger­ment with a dan­ger­ous weapon, the in­ci­dent oc­curred Dec. 30 in the 600 block of E. Og­den Ave.

An of­fi­cer re­spond­ing to a call about shots fired saw Royce lean­ing into a Subaru with Mon­tana li­cense plates. The of­fi­cer found a .32-cal­iber hand­gun in the back seat of the car and an empty .32-cal­iber shell cas­ing out­side the car.

In­side the condo, po­lice found a bul­let strike on a stove vent be­hind where GPK had been stand­ing and a de­formed bul­let on the floor be­neath the pipe.

Royce, who has pleaded not guilty, has been or­dered to stand trial. Court records show Royce had a prior ad­dress in Mon­tana but now lists an apart­ment in Oak Creek.

Bit­coin is a type of cryp­tocur­rency that moves like cash through the in­ter­net. The dig­i­tal money trades with­out the need for third par­ties such as banks, so trans­ac­tions are strictly peer-topeer.

Jour­nal Sen­tinel staff

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