9/20/17 – The 24-year-old Waupun man who attacked a woman in Waupun last Thanksgiving morning will spend seven years and nine months in prison and seven-and-a-half years under extended supervision. Juan Antonio Arriaga, a transient worker, was sentenced Tuesday on felony charges of Attempted Kidnapping, Intimidation of a Victim and False Imprisonment along with misdemeanor Battery and Disorderly Conduct. Last November, Officer Robert Williams spotted Arriaga just after midnight and began monitoring him. District Attorney Eric Toney says it was great police work. Officer Williams briefly lost sight of Arriaga but when he saw him again Arriaga was stalking the victim. The 22-year-old woman had left a bar headed for her boyfriend’s when Arriaga wrapped his arm around her, blocked her vision, and struck her in the head. He began guiding her toward his residence, which was about a block away. The victim fell to the ground and yanked her purse away from Arriaga. She then spotted Williams squad car and ran toward him. Toney says if Williams had not been close enough what happened could have been quite frightening. She does not speak Spanish and Arriaga does not speak English. Arriaga later told police he was lonely and had been drinking. A jury found Arriaga guilty of the charges during a trial in July.
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