A California woman playing online computer games was able to help stop a domestic abuse incident on April 4, calling police after a Mukwonago woman told her through the game that her estranged husband was trying to break into her home.
The 41-year-old Mukwonago man, who will not be identified to protect the alleged victim, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with false imprisonment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and misdemeanor intimidation of a victim.
According to the criminal complaint:
Mukwonago Police were contacted by dispatch a little after 2 a.m. on April 4, receiving reports that a California woman had called police because her partner in the Facebook game “Words With Friends” was requesting help.
The Mukwonago woman, identified as the alleged victim, had given the California woman her address, near Sugden Road just west of Highway 83, and told her to call 911.
Several Mukwonago police officers arrived on the scene and found the woman talking to her estranged husband through the patio door. The man was lying on his back with no shirt on and his pants pulled down around his ankles, according to the complaint.
An officer asked him what he was doing and he said he was trying to convince his wife to let him into the house. He claimed he had been staying there for the past three weeks, but the woman denied it, saying he had not stayed at the residence in over five months.
The woman told police the night of April 3 her husband had told her he was coming over. She asked him not to, but he allegedly let himself in through an unlocked door.
Once inside, the defendant tried to convince the woman to sleep with him. She refused and he allegedly repeatedly threatened to kill her, saying “We’ll both die today” and “I will kill you today if I’m not sleeping here, I will kill you today,” the complaint reads.
She was concerned for her safety, she said, and tried to leave the house to get help. She said her husband allegedly threw her keys out into the yard and smashed both her cellphones on the driveway, saying neither of them would need them anymore.
The woman was able to lock the man out of her home and request help through the online game.
Asked why he did it, the man allegedly told police: “Because I felt like it.”
If convicted of all charges, the man could face more than seven years in prison, $30,000 in fines, or both.
His next expected court date is April 15.