A 47-year-old Tomah man was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney after allegedly assaulting a pre-teen boy. Reno Reyes Robles was referred for physical abuse of a child, strangulation/suffocation and disorderly conduct.
La Crosse County Human Services informed the Tomah Police Department that Robles was suspected of assaulting the child at a city of Tomah address. According to the report, the boy had two long, red scratches on his neck that were three inches long and a half-inch wide. He was observed at school trying to pull up his sweatshirt in an attempt to conceal the marks.
The report says the boy told a medical professional that an angry Robles grabbed him by the neck and dragged him across a garage floor. The boy said he couldn’t breathe and was afraid Robles was going to kill him. The medical professional reported that the boy’s injuries were consistent with grab marks.
Police interviewed Robles Nov. 23. The report says he acknowledged the incident and told police “I guess I grabbed him too hard by the shirt.” Later in the interview, he said, “I am definitely not proud of anything, and I am deeply ashamed.” He was arrested and transported to the Monroe County Jail.
Tomah Journal editor Steve Rundio can be reached at email@example.com.
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