Woman flees to church for help
Robert W. Loughrin Jr., 35, Waupaca, is charged with felony strangulation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct as acts of domestic violence.
Shortly after 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 21, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Andy Thorpe was dispatched to Faith Community Church in response to a domestic complaint.
Thorpe spoke to Loughrin’s wife, who had fled to the church in order to seek help. The woman had red marks on her neck and shoulder and her lip was bleeding.
According to the criminal complaint, she told Thorpe that Loughrin had been yelling at her and calling her names. She said he pushed her down on the dining room floor, shoved a towel into her mouth for 45-60 seconds, causing her to gag and making it difficult for her to breathe.
When the woman said she wanted to call the police, Loughrin allegedly grabbed her cell phone from the counter and ripped the landline from the wall.
Loughrin continued to yell at her and later, pushed her to the living room floor and held a towel over her face for a second time.
When police searched the house, they found a towel in the dining room and another, with dried blood on it, in the living room.