A Rice Lake man has been charged with felony battery after allegedly striking a female in the face with a closed fist and ripping out her hair over the weekend.
Besides the felony, John E. Busick, 44, has been charge with battery and disorderly conduct misdemeanors.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim was pulled over for swerving over the center line by a Rice Lake police officer. Immediately after approaching her, the officer noticed her face was covered in blood.
When asked who hurt her, she replied, “John. John Busick.”
In an interview with police, she said Busick had become angry June 8 and smacked her in the head and pulled on her hair while calling her names.
The victim told police that later on “it got really bad.” Busick allegedly ripped her hair out, creating bald spots, before sending her to the ground. He then began to kick her and hit her head with a closed fist.
The victim estimated she passed out for about 15 seconds.
The next day, June 9, Busick told her to take him to a fast food restaurant in Rice Lake, she told police.
The complaint describes how he became irritated with her driving and struck her in the face. She told police she could feel blood running down her face.
Documents state Busick told her to go back to his residence and clean herself off. He then told her, “After she cleaned herself up, she could bring him back to Culver’s.”
The woman went back to Busick’s home, and after he exited the vehicle she put the car in drive and drove away.
She was pulled over by the Rice Lake officer a short time later.
Busick has been charged with disorderly conduct in the past, according to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access website. He pleaded no contest to two disorderly conduct forfeiture penalties in September 2015 and pleaded guilty to two disorderly conduct misdemeanor charges in May 2009.
Busick was released from Barron County Jail on a $2,500 signature bond, and his initial appearance has been scheduled for June 12.