By Joe Bachman
WISCONSIN RAPIDS — A local man faces multiple charges of false imprisonment and reckless endangerment after eyewitnesses say he abused his partner.
According to police reports, on April 15, police were called to a report of a domestic disturbance on the 1000 block of Cook Ave. Two eyewitnesses claim to have walked in on the victim, who was being strangled by 24-year-old Mitchell Servant.
Soon after authorities were called, Servant allegedly demanded that the victim go to the basement, where he would then push her down the stairs. He told those who made the initial call that he has a gun with “two bullets” if police were to get involved. Police soon arrived and set up a perimeter around the residence, while attempting to make contact with Servant and the victim, who were still inside.
After police made contact with the victim via cell phone, she claimed that everything was fine, although police would note that her voice sounded “nervous”. The victim soon exited the residence but Servant refused to cooperate with police and stood in the doorway. He yelled at police to shoot him, and then started to walk towards officers.
It didn’t take long before officers surrounded and took Servant down, and after resisting arrest had to be tasered to finally be put into custody. The victim would at first tell police that their friends simply walked in on them having “rough sex”, which was later admitted by the victim to be a false statement told under the duress of Servant.
Police would find that this incident stemmed from a disturbance on April 13, where the victim had her head slammed into the basement floor, strangled, and struck in the eye, which police would confirm by the marks on her face. According to reports, Servant initially became angry on this day, and his mother allegedly blamed the victim for not letting the defendant see his children that he had with her.
Servant would also threaten the victim to not leave the residence on multiple occasions, and would only let her leave to quickly go to a grocery store and back. The victim would claim that Servant regularly pointed a gun at her and made threats.
Inside the residence, officers located an unloaded gun, ammunition, and traces of methamphetamine that belonged to Servant.
If convicted, Servant faces over 40 years imprisonment for counts of false imprisonment, aggravated assault, domestic abuse, resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine, battery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and second degree reckless endangerment.
Future court dates are pending.