Iola man charged with battery
Joseph A. Thoe, 33, Iola, is charged with battery to an officer, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.
Shortly before midnight on Oct. 7, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Wiskirchen responded to a home on County Trunk G in the town of Helvetia.
Dispatch advised Wiskirchen they received a 911 call and could hear a man yelling and searing, asking where his phone was. They could also hear doors slamming and a woman whispering she needed help.
When Wiskirchen arrived at the scene, he met a woman who was crying and visibly shaken.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman said Thoe trashed the house, then left in a green pickup truck.
The deputy reported that the refrigerator was tipped over and its freezer door ripped off. Food was scattered all over the kitchen floor. Three wooden chairs were smashed, a mop bucket was tipped over, and there was standing water on the floor.
The woman reportedly told Wiskirchen she and Thoe had been arguing when he dumped a can of beer on her.
After she walked upstairs, Thoe allegedly began trashing the house.
While the woman was calling 911, Thoe returned. She said Thoe did not hit her or throw any of the damaged items directly at her.
Wiskirchen and Iola Police Sgt. Paul Zierler went to Thoe’s grandfather’s home on Honey Doo Lane in rural Iola.
After the officers were invited into the house, they were informed that Thoe was in the bathroom.
Wiskirchen told Thoe to come out to the living room.
Thoe reportedly attempted to run past the officers. When Wiskirchen grabbed Thoe’s arm, Thoe punched the deputy in the face and began flailing his arms, the complaint says.
While the officers struggled to control Thoe, Wiskirchen drew his electric stun gun, pressed it against Thoe’s chest and ordered him to stop resisting.
Thoe put up his hands to surrender, and Zierler handcuffed him.
Wiskirchen reported a sprained thumb and injuries to an eye and an ear as a result of the struggle.
Thoe reportedly told the officers he had consumed about 10 to 15 cans of beer that day.