DID THIS SKINHEAD THUG ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT HIS VICTIM? DID HE REALLY RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME TO GET HELP?
By Steve Silkin
A career criminal skinhead thug almost killed my friend Mike Wendt by running him over during a carjacking. Mike suffered a fractured skull and debilitating brain injuries as a result.
This happened in Phoenix, in late 2014. I’m writing this now because Robert Dale Guenther was sentenced to 20 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to two layers of aggravated assault and another layer of aggravated robbery.
Mike barely survived. He spent about six weeks in a coma. But even with more than a year of recovery, he continues to suffer sleeplessness and other consequences of traumatic brain injury. He remembers nothing about what happened that night.
It was originally believed that Guenther snuck up on Mike from behind; an officer who knew Mike chatted about the case with him later, and said something like: I don’t think you would’ve let him walk off with your truck without a fight. Wouldn’t have happened, Mike assured him.
As I began putting the story together, that certainly seemed the case. But what if this story leads to somewhere unexpected? I’ve learned that there is more to the story of Robert Dale Guenther and Mike Wendt than is readily apparent.