Oshkosh man accused of attacking several women near UWO

WINNEBAGO COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - An Oshkosh man is accused of attacking several women near the campus of UW-Oshkosh over the course of several hours, according to a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News.

Joshua Immel, 27, has been charged with eight counts, including kidnapping, sexual assault, battery, and false imprisonment. Immel appeared in court Wednesday. The court ordered a $500,000 cash bond.

The criminal complaint states that on Sept. 17, UW-Oshkosh Police officers investigated multiple assaults at different locations in the area of campus.

FIRST ATTACK

The first attacks happened at a residence on Amherst Ave. A victim told police that at 2 a.m., a man she did not know entered her room and told her to take her pants off. The woman said she screamed at him to get out, and he left out a bedroom door.

The woman's roommate said that a short time later, she was awoken by a man she didn't know pulling up her dress and sucking on her neck. She said she jumped out of bed. The man grabbed her. She was able to lure him over to the front door of the home and push him on to the front porch and shut the door and lock it.

SECOND ATTACK

At 2:30 a.m., two officers were called to the intersection of Wright Street and W. Irving for a report that someone had attacked a woman at that location.

The victim told police she had been walking home form a friend's house when she noticed a man walking behind her. She pretended to be on her phone. He sped up and she stepped aside to let him go in front of her. The victim said the man grabbed hold of her shirt and she started to fight him off. The victim said the man threw her to the ground and got on top of her. She was screaming for help and that's when complete strangers stepped in.

Dylan O’Brien and Jessica Frey were inside when they heard someone screaming outside.

“We knew right away someone was in trouble by just the way she was screaming. It got our attention because we were watching T.V. and then we heard it and were like, ‘What’s going on?’ then we looked out the window,” said Frey. “We saw the guy rip the girl to the ground.”

“We looked out and we saw this dude on top of this girl, so I quickly ran downstairs and out of the house,” said O’Brien. “I yelled for him to get off and he started running.”

Logan Kline heard the screaming while ordering food.

“The female was screaming, he grabbed her and threw her down to the ground and then I started running over there and screaming,” said Kline.

Kline and O’Brien chased Immel and confronted him before he took off, while Frey stayed with the young woman and called the cops.

“I remember one guy gave her a shirt because it had been ripped off,” said Frey.

The victim suffered a concussion during the attack.

THIRD ATTACK

At 5:36 a.m., an officer was called to the 700 block of Cherry Street. A man used an emergency blue light phone to report he had witnessed a woman being sexually assaulted.

The victim said she had been walking home alone on Elmwood Avenue when she was approached by two men.

One of the men tried to kiss her and she shoved him away. She said he grabbed her and pushed her down. He pulled her behind some dumpsters and shoved her down and told her he was going to sexually assault her.

The second man told the attacker to get off the victim. He got on the emergency phone to call police.

Witness and victim statements led police to Joshua Immel.

An officer located Immel, who was driving a stolen vehicle.

UW-Oshkosh officers credit the community for helping to track him down.

"They took action for us, they had really good details and they connected it to us very quickly, so that relationship is just awesome," said Captain Chris Tarmann of UW-Oshkosh Police.

If convicted on all charges, Immel faces nearly 98 years in prison. Prosecutors say the case is under investigation and charges could be upgraded.