Romantic Dispute Puts Repeat Abuser in Jail
By Brandi Makuski
A Stevens Point man is behind bars after his third alleged domestic violence incident against the same woman since last summer.
Peter Ray Wright, 46, was arrested Jan. 9 on charges of strangulation and suffocation, battery, domestic abuse and bail-jumping.
Officers were called to a home on the 3000 block of Bush St. at about 3:30 AM after a caller there reported a domestic disturbance. According to Stevens Point Assistant Police Chief Tom Zenner, a 48-year-old man in the home told officers he witnessed Wright assault a 46-year-old woman in the residence.
“[Wright] currently is on bond with conditions he have no abusive contact with the victim,” Zenner said.
The three were drinking, according to the police report, and began to argue over a suggested romantic entanglement, when the argument “got out of control,” Zenner said, “at which point Mr. Wright began to choke the victim.”
Wright was previously charged with battery and disorderly conduct after allegedly punching the same woman in the mouth with his closed fist in November of 2016.
In July of 2016, Wright was also charged battery and disorderly conduct after he allegedly pushed the same woman backwards into a stove, breaking the glass door and causing her to bleed. Following that incident he allegedly fled the scene and was later arrested during a traffic stop.
Both of his 2016 cases are still pending resolution. Wright is being held on a $1,000 cash bond and returns to court on Jan. 23.