Man charged with slashing woman while free on bail

Port resident had been released on signature bonds in 4 felony cases in other counties
By 
BILL SCHANEN IV
Ozaukee Press staff

A Port Washington man arrested last week after being tased by police was free on bail in connection with four felony cases when he sliced his girlfriend’s hand open with a knife, then beat and choked her during a fight at their apartment, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Daniel J. Grant, 37, who is charged with a litany of crimes in La Crosse and Vernon counties that range from intimidating a victim and strangulation to possession of methamphetamine and bail jumping, was released in each of those cases on signature bonds, according to court records. Defendants released from custody on signature bonds do not have to post money. 

He now faces six felony charges and two misdemeanors in connection with the Jan. 12 incident in Port Washington. 

Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Steve Cain set his bail at $50,000 last week.

According to the criminal complaint, officers responding to a report of domestic violence went to an apartment where they found a woman who was bleeding from a deep cut on her thumb.

The woman said she and Smith, her boyfriend, had gotten into a fight because he thought she was texting another man and took her phone. At one point, she said, Smith took out his pocket knife and slashed her thumb, the complaint states.

The woman said Smith also choked her to the point where she nearly blacked out, hit her in the face and beat her with a kayak paddle before leaving the apartment, according to the complaint. 

Officers took the woman to a hospital, where she was told she would need surgery to repair a tendon in her hand.

Officers made arrangements for the woman to stay at a shelter for women who have been abused, but the woman changed her mind and said she wanted to stay at her apartment.

Later that night, officers were called back to the apartment by a neighbor who said she heard crunching noises made by someone walking in the snow outside her home.

When officers returned to the apartment of the woman who had been beaten, she opened the door, walked into the hallway and said Grant was inside, the complaint states.

Officers tried to enter the apartment, but the door was blocked. Eventually they were able to push it open far enough to see Grant, who attempted to slam the door shut on them, according to the complaint.

One officer was able to tase Grant, who then struggled with officers as they handcuffed him.

Grant told officers he had been at a bar all night and had done nothing wrong. He said his girlfriend cut herself by cleaning dishes, the complaint states.

Grant is charged with four counts of bail jumping, strangulation and suffocation and substantial battery, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct using a dangerous weapon and resisting an officer.

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