Prosecutors Thursday charged an Onalaska man with trying to stab a woman while holding her captive.
The victim told authorities Kyle Stein, 27, on May 19 threw her against a wall at her apartment and strangled her, according to the complaint filed in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
He took her cellphone, pushed her to a dark basement and shoved her into walls when she tried to leave. He strangled her twice when she tried to escape through a window, the complaint stated.
Stein allowed her upstairs after two hours to check on her cat, then tried to stab her with a steak knife when he caught her with her phone, according to the complaint. He threatened to gag her and hide her in the basement if she contacted police.
Stein strangled her again when she tried to leave and threatened her with a broken picture frame. He eventually drove her to work, apologized and left in her car. The woman called police.
Officers found him later that day at Wal-Mart in Onalaska, where he hid in the receiving area until he was arrested.
Prosecutors charged Stein with 12 crimes, including first-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment and strangulation. He is jailed on a $15,000 cash bond.