A 27-year-old Wausau man accused of assaulting and threatening to kill a woman he met online will head to trial. Brian Rossell is charged with strangulation, false imprisonment, intimidating a victim, battery and disorderly conduct.
The alleged victim said she meet Rossell online and weeks later he moved to Wausau from the south to live with her. The woman says on July 4 she asked Rossell to leave her home, but he said he would not. The woman said that's when she told him she was going to call the police. According court documents Rossell threw her to the ground and smashed her cellphone.
The alleged victim said Rossell said if she called the police, she'd “better hope he doesn't make bail”. She said he went on to say he would “take care of her”, alluding to the fact he said he knew a hit man.
According to court documents based on statements from the alleged victim Rossell said he knew chemical warfare and would use undetectable clorox gas to kill her.
The woman was able to leave the home and call police from a nearby business.
Rossell will return to court on Aug. 14 for a clerical court appearance.
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