Brookfield man robbed, shot in head while visiting Costa Rica



BROOKFIELD (WITI) -- A Brookfield man has been stuck in a Costa Rican hospital, in a medically induced coma, since being shot in the the head on April 2nd.

Steve Flesch, a 2000 graduate of Brookfield Central High School, had spent months backpacking around the world. When he didn't make his scheduled return home on April 4th, his family was beyond worried.

"I feel like I'm in the middle of a really bad movie. I feel like I stepped into a movie, on TV, that you watch and you're like 'wait that can't happen, that's not real,'" said Flesch's sister, Nicole Lannert.

When Lannert called the hostel where Flesch was staying, they told her his bags were in his room, he hadn't paid his bills, and they hadn't seen him in three days.

Lannert messaged everyone she could on Facebook and heard back from two men Flesch had been backpacking with. The found him eight hours away in a hospital in San Jose.

"He said 'Nikki, we found him. He's in the hospital. It's not good. He's been shot in the head,'" recalls Lannert

According to Costa Rican police, Flesch had been assaulted, robbed, and shot in the back of the head.

Steve's parents are now with their son in San Jose. For unknown reasons, they are unable to secure his release from the hospital.

"I've talked to the embassy, the State Department, Sensenbrenner, and nothing," said Lannert. "There is something, somewhere that's being told to be -- to hold things up, and we don't know what it is."

Flesch's family is concerned about the quality of his care. They say their frustration with all the red tape can wait, but they're worried that Steve cannot.

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