A West Allis man has been charged with battery and as a repeat domestic abuser in violation of a restraining order, having attacked and beaten a Wauwatosa woman who is the mother of their child, according to a criminal complaint.
Michael Fulwiler, 50, was charged Friday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on two counts that normally carry maximum punishments of nine months in jail each. But because of his record as a repeat offender, those punishments can be increased to up to two years on each count.
According to the complaint and police reports:
On March 12, the victim called police to report that while she was walking to a bus around 9:30 a.m., Fulwiler appeared from behind her, grabbed her by arm and threw her down, causing her to hit her head on the pavement.
She told officers he then grabbed her by the back of the neck, punched her in the ribs and slapped her in the face. While assaulting her, she said, he was yelling and screaming profanities and saying, "She's my daughter, too," "You won't win in court," I'm gonna get full custody" and "I'm not done with you yet."
The victim was treated at Sinai Hospital for bruises to her head, neck, shoulder, arm, back, ribs and foot.
She told police that she had recently renewed a restraining order against Fulwiler that was set to expire after four years. Court records show that a deputy had personally served the new order to Fulwiler on March 7.
Fulwiler, when located, said the woman was lying and gave police a lengthy alibi and named contacts who would say that he was in Oconomowoc visiting his dying mother in a hospice center at the time she said she was attacked.
However, none of the people he named corroborated his story. A member of the hospice administrative staff said she had not seen Fulwiler that morning, nor had he signed in or out of a visitor registry.
A priest who Fulwiler said had been offering him grief counseling most of the morning told police he had spoken to Fulwiler but had last seen him no later than 8:45 a.m.
Other incidents from recent Wauwatosa police reports:
At 12:11 a.m., the owner of K&K Financial, 12201 W. North Ave., reported the theft of two computers from the business some time since noon Sunday. She strongly suspected her ex-boyfriend, with whom she had broken up Saturday. He has keys to the business, she said, and had sent her text messages threatening to damage her office. Police were trying to contact the suspect.
At 12:33 p.m., the manager of Walmart Market, 3850 N. 124th St., reported that an anonymous caller informed him he had seen a man pushing a loaded cart out the door without having paid for anything. The manager checked video, and sure enough, saw a man leaving with a cart containing a vacuum cleaner, three large bottles (4.43-liter) of laundry detergent and an unknown quantity of meat. Police suspect the same man, using the same vehicle, in earlier and similar thefts at Target, 3800 N. 124th St.
At 12:09 p.m., a 14-year-old Milwaukee girl was detained at Claire’s Boutique at Mayfair Mall after she was seen taking a $12.50 earring cuff. The girl was found to be listed as a missing person and was released to her mother.
At 6:30 p.m., a resident of an apartment in the 11400 block of West North Avenue reported that some time during the day someone had entered the garage and stolen his bicycle. He told police that the door opener was broken and he had been after his landlord for months to fix it.