Suspect charged with felony mayhem
Weyauwega man accused of biting off part of woman’s ear
Corey A. Stephens, 40, Weyauwega, is charged with felony mayhem, aggravated battery, causing mental harm to a child and disorderly conduct.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Thursday, July 28, a 911 caller reported that his parents were outside fighting in the street.
Sgt. Josh Krueger, with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, and Weyauwega Police Officer Lydia Walby responded to a home on Whie Lake Road in Weyauwega.
According to the criminal complaint, Walby was the first to arrive. She handcuffed Stephens and began treating the female victim, who was lying in the roadway and whose face was covered in blood. Walby called for two ambulances.
When Krueger arrived about one minute later, he found Stephens wearing boxer briefs and a T-shirt, lying in the roadway, screaming for help.
Krueger reported, “Corey’s eyes were bouncing all over and his pupils were very dilated to the point I could barely see what color his eyes were.”
Krueger believed Stephens was under the influence of drugs.
Stephens reportedly began rolling toward the injured woman.
Krueger told him to stay put and held him in place.
Stephens then began yelling, “You’re going to shoot me! Don’t shoot me!”
Officers struggle with suspect
As Krueger escorted him toward the squad car, Stephens began screaming again and thrashing around. He also repeatedly tried to bite Krueger, the complaint says.
Walby assisted Krueger as he struggled to bring Stephens under control. He used his stun gun on Stephens three times.
As Krueger was placing Stephens into Walby’s squad car, Stephens bit his own hand and drew blood, according to the complaint.
To prevent Stephens from further injuring himself, he was handcuffed with his arms behind his back.
When ambulance personnel arrived, they administered a dose of ketamine that calmed Stephens.
Krueger and Deputy Matthew Whitaker rode in the ambulance with Stephens to ThedaCare Medical Center in Waupaca.
The victim told Krueger that earlier that night, she and Stephens had walked outside to the mailbox, then walked together down the road. She said they were having a conversation and “everything was fine.”
As they walked back toward the house, Stephens said he could hear something, but the woman did not hear anything.
Stephens then allegedly told her she was walking too loud and she needed to remove her shoes.
She told Krueger that Stephens then hit her repeatedly, knocked her to the ground, pushed his finger into her eye and bit her multiple times.
When questioned at the hospital, Stephens reportedly said he remembered nothing about the incident except for fighting with Krueger.
Currently in custody on a $20,000 cash bond, Stephens faces up to 40 years in prison for mayhem.