FLORENCE, Wis. - An Iron River man was expected to be arraigned today on charges related to an alleged domestic violence attack, which occurred Friday night near the Nicolet-Chequamegon National Forest, 10 miles west of Florence, Wis.
Florence County Sheriff's deputies said Monday police were still investigating the incident and formal charges had not yet been determined. Names of those involved, including the 32-year-old suspect, have not been released by police.
Deputies received a report at about 6 p.m. CDT Friday of an assault in progress along State Highway 70. A group of people traveling east in a Suburban reported a gold-colored Pontiac pulled over on the side of the road and a man dragging a woman into the woods, police said.
Two deputies were sent to the scene. While enroute, the witnesses reported they could hear the woman in the woods, screaming for help. Police arrived, found the vehicle running, with no one around. They then heard screams coming from the wooded area south of the highway. The deputies disabled the vehicle by shutting off the engine and taking the car keys. They then went into the woods toward the screams, police said.
Police found two sets of footprints in the snow, which they followed for a short distance. A partially-clothed woman, who was later identified as the suspect's 28-year-old wife, came staggering at police, screaming for help.
Police said the woman had blood on her shirt and she was grasping her stomach. A male subject was chasing behind her. The deputies put the man down on the ground at gunpoint and took him into custody. Police called an ambulance to treat the woman.
Deputies said Tuesday they were still investigating what produced the blood on the woman's shirt and whether a weapon was involved in the incident. Police said the woman told them she and her husband had gotten into an argument in the car. He dragged her into the woods and allegedly told her they both were going to die out there, police said.
The woman was treated and released from the Dickinson County Health Care System in Iron Mountain. The man was being held without bond, pending his appearance in court.
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