Domestic abuse charges filed
Police reported dragging the screaming suspect out of the victim’s apartment
John R. Bush, 29, New London, is charged with felony strangulation, false imprisonment, misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct as acts of domestic abuse. He is also charged with resisting an officer.
At 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, New London Police Officer Cheri Johnson and Sgt. Earl Ruckdashel were dispatched to the 500 block of Division Street to assist in removing a man from an apartment building.
The man was identified as John Bush and officers had removed him from the building a month earlier for another domestic disturbance.
As she was driving toward the apartment, Johnson saw the victim walking across the Shawano Street bridge.
The woman appeared distressed, and Johnson asked if she wanted to speak with her.
The woman said yes and began to cry.
She had a swollen lip and numerous bruises on her arms.
The woman said Bush was responsible for her injuries.
According to the criminal complaint, Bush went to the woman’s apartment on the fifth floor and said he wanted to retrieve his belongings that had been left behind in July.
After she let him into her room, Bush allegedly became violent, threw her down on the bed, slapped and punched her in the face.
Then he placed one hand over her mouth and the other around her throat, choking her, the woman said.
The woman also accused Bush of threatening her adult children and damaging things in her apartment.
While Johnson spoke with the victim, Ruckdashel went to the woman’s apartment.
Bush was still there, but refused to answer the door, the complaint says.
Ruckdashel used the manager’s key and entered the apartment with his weapon drawn.
The officer reported finding Bush outside, crouching on the fifth-floor window ledge.
Ruckdashel ordered Bush back into the apartment. He told him to lay on the floor face down, and then handcuffed him.
Bush then began swearing at Ruckdashel and struggling to get away, the complaint says.
Once he was out of the room and in the hallway, Bush “became more enraged and continued to twist and turn,” while yelling profanities at the officer.
Ruckdashel escorted Bush to the floor.
Capt. Christopher Gregory arrived to assist in removing Bush from the building.
“He also just screamed as loud as he could for no apparent reason other than to be disruptive,” the complaint says.
Officers reported finding a recliner with its right side ripped off, a broken glass cup and a damaged cellphone.
They also found an empty vodka bottle next to the broken chair and another one on the kitchen floor.
At the New London police station, Bush blew a .22 blood-alcohol content.
Judge Raymond Huber released Bush on a $2,000 signature bond with the conditions that he have no contact with the victim or her children. He also ordered Bush not to consume or possess alcohol.