Man Scheduled to Plead Out on Charges of Victim Intimidation, Strangulation, False Imprisonment
City Times Staff
A Stevens Point man is expected to plead out on Friday after being charged in a domestic incident last July.
Michael Soyck, 58, is charged with felonious intimidation of a victim, strangulation and suffocation, false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery after allegedly abusing a woman on Evergreen Drive.
Police were called to the Plover apartment after a woman reported an unwanted man near her home shortly after 11 PM on July 1. The woman claimed the man, later identified as Michael Soyck, had “pushed her around” and choked her, and also physically restrained her from leaving the apartment earlier in the evening. According to the criminal complaint, bruises were visible on the woman’s body.
When police arrived, they found Soyck sleeping in his vehicle in the parking lot of the woman’s apartment building. Police woke Soyck and, knowing he’d been resistant during past brushes with the law, handcuffed and placed him in the back of a squad car.
The woman told police she allowed Soyck to enter her residence for a visit. Later that night he became angry and began to verbally abuse her, according to the complaint, calling her vulgar names. The woman reportedly locked herself in another room to get away from Soyck, but he broke in using a butter knife.
A physical altercation ensued, according to the complaint, and Soyck attempted to sexually assault the woman but was unsuccessful. He also covered her mouth with his hands when she tried to call out for help. The woman told police Soyck “at one point…had his hands around her throat and was squeezing.”
The altercation later stopped and Soyck eventually left, but the woman was unable to contact police because Soyck had taken her phone. He returned several hours later but found the lobby doors to the apartment building were locked. He attempted to gain entry by knocking on the woman’s windows but she refused to let him again.
Soyck is being charged as a repeat offender after being convicted of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct in 2013.
He returns to court on April 22 for a plea and sentencing hearing in Branch II of Portage Co. Circuit Court.