Jonathan Wanke

Jonathan Wanke

A man from Tomah faces six charges, including strangulation and suffocation, after an incident June 25 in the town of Necedah.

Jonathan R. Wanke, 23, also faces one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety. In addition, Wanke faces one count of misdemeanor battery, domestic abuse, criminal damage to property, and disorderly conduct/domestic-related.

According to a criminal complaint, a Juneau County deputy was dispatched to a residence in the town of Necedah June 25 for an ongoing disturbance. While driving to the scene, dispatch informed the deputy a male party had fled in a Ford Fusion. When the deputy arrived to the residence, two females were sitting in a vehicle in the driveway. They claimed they were assaulted by Wanke.

One of the females alleged Wanke started choking and yelling at her, saying he was going to kill her. The other female said she tried to intervene to get Wanke to stop when he allegedly punched her in the side of the face and slammed her head into the driver’s side door. He also allegedly took her phone and threw it in the back seat of the car so she could not call for help. The two women said Wanke took the keys from them and fled until he was later stopped by the deputy and the two females ran to a nearby house for help.

While being interviewed, one of the women said they were returning from a night out when an argument ensued and Wanke became violent. She also stated that after the car was stopped, Wanke went after her and started punching and kicking her. The deputy observed bruising and redness on both sides of their faces.

When authorities pulled over Wanke’s car and approached Wanke, there was a very strong odor of intoxicants on his breath, his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. He said he knew why he was being stopped and said he had “way too much to drink.”

While being arrested, it was confirmed Wanke had two outstanding warrants for his arrest and was transported to the Juneau County Jail.

While at the jail, Wanke admitted to getting into an argument with the two women after a party but denied having any physical contact with them. He said he was trying to drive to Oakdale when he left the scene but was too intoxicated to get there and was lost.


Tomah Journal editor

Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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