Mauston, Wisconsin, US – A 57-year-old man is accused of attempting to beat a woman to death with a baseball bat before going on the lam.
Linda M. Heyroth, a man who identifies as a woman, became irate while he and a woman discussed politics on Saturday, May 19. “If you don’t agree she gets louder, she’ll keep saying it, and she won’t stop,” the victim later recounted of her experience with Mr Heyroth. She asked him to be quiet, and he became violently enraged, the complaint states.
Mr Heyroth grabbed a bat and struck the victim repeatedly in the back of the head, while using a shovel to hold the door closed and bar her from escaping, the victim alleges.
The attacker made the woman clean up the blood and wash up twice. After the third round of blows in an attack that she says lasted 45 minutes, the victim told the attacker that she was too weak to get to the bathroom to wash up. While he retrieved a towel for her, the victim managed to flee and flag down a passerby for help, the complaint says.
Mauston Police Officer Brian Raabe responded to a call of a woman bleeding profusely from the back of the head. By the time police arrived at the scene, Mr Heyroth had gone on the run. The woman, who was weak and dizzy and seated on the curve, was taken by ambulance to the emergency room.
The Mauston Police Department put out an ATL on Linda “James” Heyroth, asking the public to notify police in case of sightings of the fugitive, who was believed to be armed and should not be approached.
The following day, the police department announced that the suspect had been arrested in New Lisbon.
The criminal complaint was filed in Juneau County Circuit Court. Mr Heyroth is charged with four felony and two misdemeanor counts, including aggravated battery, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment and felony intimidation of a victim. Bond was set at $75,000.
“She wasn’t stopping … even when I was just sitting there she was contemplating whether to finish me off,” the victim told investigators. “She hit me in the head a lot of times all over … she was going for the kill.”
The traumatized victim continued, “I was going to die. … I would have died if I wouldn’t have gotten away.”
Mr Heyroth previously served 45 days in jail and 18 months on probation after confessing to a January 2017 incident in which he attacked a man with brass knuckles.
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