A 30-year-old Wisconsin man was arrested after entering a family’s home and attacking a woman with a hedge trimmer.
Sturgeon Bay police officers initially responded to a reported fight between two men occurring outside a home on Georgia Street when a second 911 call came in about a man armed with a hedge trimmer attacking a woman, the Sturgeon Bay Police Department (SBPD) stated Monday in a Facebook post.
On April 25 the unnamed suspect entered the family’s home without permission and struck the woman on the head with the hedge trimmer, according to the police. She required treatment for injuries.
Two children, both aged 5 witnessed the attack. The suspect struck one child with his hand before the two barricaded themselves in another room until police arrived, the SBPD said.
The woman’s grandfather had been working in the backyard when he heard the commotion. He ran inside to find the suspect, who then began attacking him, according to the police.
The grandfather fought back, and the altercation eventually ended up outside, according to SBPD. Police officers found the suspect in the backyard and took him into custody.
The suspect claimed to have gone into the home looking for car keys so he could leave town. The suspect had previously attempted to do the same at another nearby house, breaking several windows, the SBPD stated in the post.
The Door County District Attorney’s Office has charged the suspect with multiple counts, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide, armed robbery with use of force, armed burglary, aggravated battery, false imprisonment and felony intimidation of a victim. He also faces charges of criminal damage to property, burglary of a building or dwelling, felony bail jumping and “physical abuse of a child – intentionally causing bodily harm by conduct which creates a high probability of great bodily harm,” according to the SBPD’s post.