FOX CROSSING, Wis. (WBAY) - A 17-year-old Fox Crossing boy was taken into custody for attacking an officer and strangling a woman, according to police.
On Sept. 12, police were called to the 1100 block of Bartlein Court for a report of a disturbance.
An officer arrived on scene to find a 17-year-old boy with injuries on his hands. The teen told the officer that it was from punching a door.
The officer said the teen became agitated and started raising his voice and swearing loudly. The officer told him to lower his voice, but the teen did not listen to commands. The officer placed him under arrest for disorderly conduct.
As the officer tried to take him into custody, the teen started punching the officer in the head, according to police.
"Attempts to put the handcuffs on him and that's when the teen ends up swinging around, starts punching the police officer in the head. Officer gets struck in the eyes, the check bone," says Officer Jason Weber, Fox Crossing Police Department.
The officer got the teen to the ground and there was a struggle. The officer pressed an emergency button on his radio. Neighbors ran to help the officer so he could get the teen in handcuffs.
"They without any hesitation or second thought, three of them jump into action, come over and assist the officer in getting the handcuffs on him," Weber says.
Prior to the officer's arrival, the teen had been arguing with someone in the home over some dogs. The woman locked herself in her bedroom, but the teen started punching his way through the door, police say.
Police say the teen got inside and attacked the woman and strangled her.
"And strangle her almost to the point where she thought she was going to pass out," Weber says.
May Yang lives across the street from the home on Bartlein Court. She believes she saw the teen talking on the phone before the officers arrived.
"I was bringing some eggs to the neighbor and then I saw a guy over there was on his phone and was swearing that he can't take it no more," Yang says.
The officer, a 14-year veteran of the department, suffered several facial injuries and was treated at a Neenah hospital. The officer has been released and is expected to return to work soon.
Officer Weber thanks the neighbors for stepping up when they did.
"Really speaks volumes of our community of our residence," Weber says.
The teen was also treated for injuries. He was taken to the Winnebago County Jail on recommended charges of Battery to Law Enforcement, Strangulation, Battery, Criminal Damage to Property, and Disorderly Conduct.