Man accused of assault in park charged with battery, attempted false imprisonment
RICHFIELD - A man accused of an assault in a park could spend more than 42 years in prison. It was an attack so brutal she had to get 15 stitches on her hand.
Daniel Bartelt is accused of attacking a woman who was walking her dog at the Richfield Historical Nature Park in the Village of Richfield.
“The victim's doing well in this case," said Washington County Sheriff's Detective Lt. Robert Konstanz. "Obviously it was a pretty traumatic event. She's a survivor. She did quite well fighting off her attacker."
The victim told officers when she unlocked her car, she heard someone jogging fast behind her. She spun around and her attacker was coming towards her.
The criminal complaint states he "tackled her to the ground" and "she thought she was going to die." It goes on to state that she felt it was a life or death situation. She told officers she struggled with the knife for about a minute. She was cut several times on her hand. It was so bad a doctor told her she may never get feeling back in one of her fingers.
Chuck Boesel often comes to the park. He told TODAY’S TMJ4 he's shocked by the attack.
“This is a beautiful place but I guess hell can exist in beauty," believes Boesel.
Due to evidence found at the scene, police interviewed 19-year-old Daniel Bartelt, whoeventually admitted to the crime
Bartelt said the attack was a "spur of the moment decision, he saw her walk by the vehicle and had a knife and went to 'scare her.'"
When authorities asked Bartelt about his injuries, deputies state the teen told investigators he got hurt while he was cooking at home. He's now in the Washington County Jail.
Bartelt has been charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety, aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, substantial battery with a dangerous weapon, attempted false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon.
If he is convicted of all crimes, he could face up to 42 years and nine months in prison.