Crime

La Crosse man charged with first-degree attempted homicide

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Prosecutors charged a La Crosse man on Thursday with attempted homicide after his girlfriend said he strangled her with a bed sheet at their home.

The woman said that her boyfriend, Chad Kelemen, had earlier kicked her in the thigh while she was holding her 1-year-old daughter. She left their apartment and returned later, which is when Kelemen swung her by her hair, threw her to the ground and stomped on her stomach, according to police reports.

The man calmed down, and the woman fell asleep on the couch when Kelemen began strangling her, stating, "We're going to end it right now," reports stated.

“I felt like my eyeballs and my veins were going to pop out. I thought I was going to die,” the woman told police.

She locked herself in a room and called 911. She did not seek medical treatment, but officers found bruises on her body, marks on her neck and broken blood vessels in her eyes, and the pain was a ten out of ten, according to the complaint.

Kelemen, 37, told police that he was upset that his girlfriend spent her tax refund on tattoos and clothing but said he “would never be physical with her again,” according to reports. 

Authorities said that Kelemen was noticeably intoxicated and his speech was slurred.

Kelemen, of 1214 Kane St., has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, strangulation, two counts of battery and disorderly conduct, as well as domestic abuse offenses committed as a repeat offender. He is jailed on a $10,000 cash bond.


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