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Man accused in robbery faces new charge; chef hit him with a spoon

Feb. 6, 2009

Waukesha - A man accused of attempting to rob a Muskego supper club until he was stopped by a spoon-wielding chef was charged Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with the robbery of a dry-cleaning business.

Joey N. Geraci, 39, of Muskego, already charged with one count of armed robbery, is being held in the Waukesha County Jail on $100,000 bail on a new charge.

According to the criminal complaint, he is accused of entering Jill's Cleaners on Janesville Road in Muskego on Dec. 31 and demanding cash. Geraci held a silver automatic pistol that was partly concealed in his pocket. The clerk placed the cash drawer on the counter and he took $130, the complaint says.

Geraci was charged last month with the robbery of Williams Supper Club, S76-W17745 Janesville Road. According to that complaint, Jan. 23 while clad in a black leather jacket and motorcycle helmet, Geraci attempted to rob the supper club.

Chef Erik Minor and a cook, Andrew Tess, realized what was happening and the chef hit Geraci on the helmet with a large metal spoon, snapping the spoon in half, according to the complaint.

The chef then grabbed Geraci, put him in a headlock, dislodged the helmet and wrestled him to the floor.

A customer and Tess helped pin Geraci down until police arrived, the complaint says.

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