Wausau park attack suspect skips court; search is on
MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) – Police are now looking for a Wausau man accused of attacking a woman at a park. This comes after he did not show up in court Wednesday.
A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Robert Woods, 34. He's charged with four felonies in the July 2013 incident.
Earlier this month, Woods fired his attorney. A judge called it a delay tactic. Woods was set for a motion hearing in Marathon County Court Wednesday.
Prosecutors say they wanted to modify his bond, but instead, the warrant was issued.
"He was given notice of the appearance at the last court hearing. I can't say for sure why he's not present. But it is concerning that he's not here for court," Marathon County Assistant District Attorney Michael Puerner said.
Trial was supposed to start next month. Prosecutors say that may now be delayed.
Police said a woman was trying to leave a Wausau park when Woods came up behind her and threw her to the ground. Authorities say he tried to strangle her and pushed her down an embankment.
The woman resisted and was able to get his license plate number as she called 911, police said.