Police arrested a Waupaca man after his ex-wife said he suffocated her with a pillow.
Perry R. Stocks, 48, Waupaca, is charged with felony suffocation, battery with a weapon, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property as acts of domestic abuse.
On the morning of Dec. 5, Waupaca County Deputy Clint Thobaben responded to a domestic complaint on Crystal Road in the town of Dayton.
He spoke with a 23-year-old woman who divorced Stocks in 2014. She said she picked Stocks up from jail the previous day where he has been serving a 10-day sentence on the weekends after being convicted on two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
She told Stocks that night that she did not want to live with him any longer.
According to the criminal complaint, when the woman woke up the following morning, she could not breathe or move because Stocks was on top of her holding what she believes was a pillow on her face, suffocating her.
She told Thobaben that Stocks threatened to kill her, then he cut her arm with a knife.
She said she managed to push Stocks away and out of the bedroom. She said she locked the door and found the knife on the floor.
When she opened and peaked out the door, she saw Stocks picking up another knife, according to the complaint. She said Stocks ran at her, shouting he was going to kill her.
The woman slammed the door shut and locked it again. Stocks then allegedly stabbed the door repeatedly, the knife slicing through the door.
When Stocks kicked open the door, the woman ran from the room, grabbed her children and hid in the neighbor’s yard until Stocks left, the complaint says.
The woman then went back inside the house, bundled up her children and began walking to Waupaca because she had no car keys. A friend saw her alongside the road and gave the woman and her children a ride into town.
The woman said she could not call from home because Stocks took her phone.
Thobaben went to the Dayton residence after speaking with the woman. He found Stocks in the driveway, shoveling snow.
According to the criminal complaint, Stocks told Thobaben to leave, then turned and started walking away.
Although Thobaben told him to stop, Stocks reportedly went into the house and locked a sliding glass door behind him.
Stocks eventually opened the door and was taken into custody.
Thobaben reported that the door to the bedroom where the incident allegedly took place had been removed. Stocks reportedly said he destroyed the door by burning it.
Stocks was rleased from custody after posting a $350 cash bond.