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Woman attacked in Wausau park; suspect in custody


WAUSAU, Wis (WSAU)  A woman was attacked while walking in a Wausau park on Wednesday morning. A suspect is in custody. It happened around 10am at the Paff Woods Nature Preserve on the city's east side. The victim was about to leave the park when a man came up from behind her, tried to strangle her and force her down an embankment. She was able to escape. He fled in a car.

The woman was able to get the license plate and call 9-1-1.

Police arrested 32-year-old Robert Woods. He's been charged with strangulation, attempted suffocation and making a threat with intent to injure. He's being held in the Marathon County Jail on $25,000 cash bond.

A police report says Woods approached the woman earlier that morning in the park and ask if she'd like to walk together. She said 'no' and he walked away on a different path. The attack happened when the two crossed paths again some time later. The motive for the attack is not clear.

Woods is due back in court on July 31 for a preliminary hearing.