Man charged with battery to officer
Judge schedules competency hearing
A rural Iola man remains in jail awaiting a competency exam after police say he resisted arrest.
Fred A. Holbach, 40, is charged with battery to an officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.
On the morning of Monday, July 18, two social workers asked Detective Sgt. John Mocadlo with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office to accompany them to Holbach’s home in the town of Helvetia. They planned to meet with Hobach regarding a child welfare issue.
According to the criminal complaint, when Mocadlo and the social workers pulled into the driveway, they found Holbach and another man loading items into a vehicle. Holbach was not wearing a shirt.
“Once Holbach recognized my vehicle, he immediately started waving his arms and hands indicating for me to stop,” Mocadlo reported.
Holbach then reportedly walked over to Mocadlo and ordered him to leave his property.
While the social workers tried to explain the court documents and safety plan regarding his child, Holbach became angry, started yelling and called them liars, the complaint says.
“I warned him that I would have to arrest him if this continued,” Mocadlo said in his report.
When Holbach walked away from the officer and social workers, Mocadlo told him he was under arrest for disorderly conduct.
“Holbach didn’t listen to my orders, so I grabbed his arms and attempted to control him,” Mocadlo reported. “Holbach resisted my efforts and even fought with me.”
When Mocadlo attempted to handcuff Holbach, he was only able to cuff one hand. Holbach’s friend then helped control Holbach while Mocadlo cuffed both hands to a restraint belt.
Iola Police Chief Bob Prahl arrived and took Holbach into custody.
Mocadlo suffered back injuries during the struggle, the complaint says.
Judge Vicki Clussman scheduled a competency hearing for Sept. 6 and set a $5,000 cash bond as a condition of Holbach’s release from custody.