Man, 23, nabbed after stabbing
Pewaukee resident Drew E. Bucholtz, 22, told his ex-girlfriend to close her eyes before allegedly stabbing her in the throat with a kitchen knife Monday afternoon, July 8, according to court documents.
Miranda Hager survived, and authorities charged Bucholtz on Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree homicide, felony intimidation of a victim and misdemeanor theft.
If convicted of the latest charges, he could face more than 80 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.
Bucholtz had been on the run since Monday, but Milwaukee police arrested him at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the 2900 block of North Frederick after receiving an anonymous tip. Officers discovered he had locked himself in a bathroom in the residence. When they forced their way in, they discovered he had stabbed himself in the chest with a knife. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies were dispatched to Elmbrook Memorial Hospital at 5:50 p.m. July 8 to investigate reports of a stabbing.
Hager told police that earlier in the day she agreed to meet Bucholtz in a Marriott Hotel parking lot before going to work.
She said that she and Bucholtz had dated for several years, but had broken up recently.
According to the complaint, Bucholtz got into her car at the hotel, and the two talked for around 10 minutes, Hager said. Bucholtz then told Hager to close her eyes because he had a surprise for her. She did, and Bucholtz stabbed her in the throat with what she believed to be a 6- to 8-inch long kitchen knife, according to the complaint.
He apologized, she said and then offered to drive her to the hospital.
Hager said she knew it was taking too long to get to the hospital and realized that Bucholtz was taking her to his residence, 238 Westfield Way, Pewaukee.
Bucholtz's mother and sister were home, according to the complaint. Bucholtz's mother, Ann Marie, then drove Hager to the hospital. Police say Hager needed surgery.
Hager told Ann Marie what had happened, and she called the police, the complaint said. By the time deputies arrived, Bucholtz was already gone.
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