By Jacob Mathias
A Plover man faces multiple charges after allegedly throwing a woman into a wall multiple times during a domestic dispute.
Kevin Polito, 34, faces misdemeanor charges of battery and intimidation of a victim, which each carries a maximum sentence of a $10,000 fine, nine months imprisonment or both if convicted.
Plover police responded to a home on the 2300 block of Magnolia Dr. at about 10 AM on Aug. 19 after dispatcher received a 911 call from a woman at the residence but was disconnected.
When police arrived, the woman and Polito were arguing, with the woman “hysterical and crying,” according to the complaint, and had to be separated by officers.
Three children, all under three years old, were reportedly in the room during the incident.
The woman told the officer she and Polito were having relationship issues for some time, and that morning he hugged her “extremely tight and not done in a loving way.”
According to the complaint, Polito rubbed his groin on her leg during the hug and her knee made “unintentional contact” with his genitals. The woman said this made Polito angry and he “threw her in the closet and then threw her into the bedroom walls two or three more times,” according to the complaint.
The woman told police she tried calling 911, but Polito took the phone from her and threw it against a wall, damaging it.
Police at the scene noted blood on the bedroom wall the woman said she’d been thrown against. The woman’s elbow was bleeding, and police observed both fresh and old injuries on her arm.
When questioned, Polito was reportedly hesitant to speak and only said he and the woman were wrestling on the ground. He was then arrested.
While being transported to jail, Polito said the woman had kneed him in the groin before they wrestled. He denied taking the woman’s phone or being aware that she’d called the police, though a video taken by Polito on his own phone contained audio of him acknowledging that police had been called.
He is also charged with disorderly conduct which carries a maximum sentence of a $1,000 fine, 90 days in jail or both.
Polito makes his initial appearance in Portage County Circuit Court on September 19 at 1:30 PM.