5/7/2019 7:30:00 AM Rhinelander man facing substantial battery, false imprisonment charges
By River News Staff
A 45-year-old Rhinelander man is facing several felony charges after a woman reported he blocked the door, threw her to the ground and attempted to strangle her when she attempted to move out of his apartment.
According to a criminal complaint filed May 3, Matthew J. Wales is charged with substantial battery, false imprisonment, strangulation/suffocation and disorderly conduct (domestic abuse) related to incident that took place April 26 in the city of Rhinelander.
According to the complaint, the woman told police Wales squeezed her neck and threw her to the floor the morning of April 26 after she attempted to gather her things and leave the residence.
The woman suffered knee and shoulder injuries and will have to undergo surgery to repair the shoulder injuries, the complaint states.
She also told police she did not tell hospital staff the truth about how she was injured because Wales was in the room.
In an interview with police, Wales denied physically harming the woman but did admit he blocked the door and prevented her from leaving. He claimed the knee and shoulder injuries were the result of the woman tripping on the doormat.
Wales made his initial appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court Friday at which time bail was set at $7,500 cash. He is due back in court Thursday for an adjourned initial appearance.
If convicted, Wales faces more than 15 years in prison.
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