FD Man Facing Multiple Assault Charges
A Fort Dodge man made his initial appearance on charges stemming from two alleged assault incidents. 47 year-old John Wendel was ordered held on $8,400 bond and is facing a Class D felony charge of domestic assault and misdemeanor counts of assault with a weapon, false imprisonment, and obstruction of emergency communication. On July 23, Wendel allegedly assaulted his girlfriend by strangling her, striking her with a closed fist, and threatening her with a knife. On the same day, Wendel allegedly struck another victim multiple times with an aluminum baseball bat. According to a criminal complaint, the alleged victim had previously phoned police to stop Wendel from assaulting his girlfriend. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for November 13.