UPDATE: Police Investigate Two Unrelated Violent Acts on Monday
Photo, Stevens Point police officers stand guard at a crime scene in Iverson Park. (City-Times photo)
By Brandi Makuski
Police in Stevens Point and Plover had their hands full on Monday with two violent but unrelated events which sent two men to hospitals outside of Stevens Point.
Plover police released limited information shortly before 6 PM on Monday regarding what’s being called a “domestic disturbance” at a Cedar Drive home. According to the statement, one man was airlifted to St. Joe’s Hospital in Marshfield, where he is listed in critical condition.
A Wisconsin State Trooper was stationed outside the home Monday afternoon, but he declined to answer questions.
The man, whose next of kin have been notified but whose identity is not being released, sustained blunt force trauma injuries. Police were called to the home shortly after 2 PM and have one man in custody.
Plover Police Sgt. Ryan Fox says the public is not in any danger, and that no further details are being released at this time.
Some six miles away and about four hours later, Stevens Point police were called to the scene of an assault at Iverson Park, where said a Hispanic man was assaulted in front of his child at the park.
Sgt. Dan Wheeler said a 36 year-old man was transported to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau to be treated for his injuries, but did not know the extent of the man’s wounds.
When asked if the man had been stabbed, as described by witnesses, Wheeler said he could not confirm that.
“At this point, we’re not sure what the extent of his injuries are or what caused them. That’ll come out in the investigation,” he said.
Wheeler said as of 10:06 PM, no one is in custody for the attack, but he added it appears to be an isolated incident and the public is not in any danger. Police were questioning witnesses in the park and were tracking down all leads, he said.
“There’s not a whole lot we can talk about yet,” Wheeler added. “But the public is safe in the (city) parks.”
During a follow-up interview with the City-Times Wheeler confirmed a vehicle related to the Iverson attack had been located in the parking lot of Point Bowl, 2525 Dixon Street in Stevens Point, which had been abandoned there earlier Monday afternoon. That vehicle was later towed away as evidence.
More as we have it.