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Hammond man charged with attacking woman who went to check on him

Updated: November 27, 2013 6:04AM



Charges of attempted rape, criminal confinement, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, strangulation, intimidation and resisting law enforcement have been filed in Lake Superior Court against a Hammond man.

Robert W. Bretthorst, 30, is charged with the attempted rape of his off-again, on-again girlfriend, who told police she went to check on him on Sunday afternoon at his residence in the 3200 block of 176th Place and noticed he had two black eyes and a swollen foot. Bretthorst told the woman to leave, then called her back to the house, where he became angry at her and started beating her and threatened to rape her. The woman said Bretthorst shoved dirty socks in her mouth, put a plastic bag over her head and a pillowcase over her face, shoved cigarette butts into her mouth and threatened to kill her.

The woman said she eventually hit Bretthorst with a beer bottle, which resulted in him beating her more, the probable cause affidavit states. When he let her go to the bathroom, he poured hot tap water on her. She had bruises, scrapes and scratches and fell unconscious once during the incident.

Police shot Bretthorst with a stun gun, the probable cause affidavit states. He became belligerent with firefighters in the ambulance and bit one of them on the leg but didn’t break the skin.



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