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Fort McCoy man jailed after vase-throwing rampage

Stewart Charles Pentkowski

A Fort McCoy man was arrested after he allegedly went on a rampage and threw vases and other items at a woman he says “poisoned” his car and made the engine explode.

Stewart Charles Pentkowski, 59, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after the incident, which happened late Monday night.

A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to the incident location Tuesday morning and encountered Pentkowski, who had an odor of alcohol on his breath. His eyes were bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred, according to the sheriff’s office report.

Pentkowski told the deputy he wanted the truth from the victim about some of his items that were missing and “why she poisoned his car and made the engine explode.” Pentkowski said he and the victim argued and he threw some items from the storage room onto the enclosed porch. He denied throwing the items at the victim or threatening her, the report said.

The victim said Pentkowski was drinking alcoholic beverages until late Monday night, when she finally fell asleep. She said he woke her up early Tuesday morning yelling at her and saying he couldn’t get a job because she broke his truck and gave his vehicles and tools away. The victim said Pentkowski went into the storage room, which is attached to the porch, and threw several items at her, including two large ceramic vases and a plastic tote, according to the report.

The victim said she was standing in the door between the storage room and the porch when the threw the items, forcing her to retreat into the house. She said Pentkowski said he was going to beat her to death while he was throwing the items. The victim said she was afraid Pentkowski was going to hurt her, the report said.

The victim said Pentkowski then came into the house and picked up a large glass jar, which was about 10 inches across, from the kitchen table, and said he was going to hit the victim with it. The victim was visibly upset and said she was afraid to go to sleep because of Pentkowski’s actions, according to the report.

The deputy observed several broken glass vases and a plastic tote on the floor about halfway across the porch from the storage room door. Based on where the items were laying, they would have been thrown past where the victim said she was standing. The deputy also observed a large glass jar on the kitchen table that the victim said she was threatened with, the report said.

Pentkowski was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held on $1,000 bond. He’s due to appear in Marion County Court on April 28.

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