Police: man stages attack to win woman's affection
PLEASANT PRAIRIE - A Pleasant Prairie man is in jail for a plot he planned to gain a woman's affection, according to police.
Police say Robbie Suhr, 48, dressed in dark clothes and a mask and attacked a 26-year-old exchange student who was living with Suhr and his family.
According to a police press release, Suhr -- who is married and has children -- told them he wanted to be in a relationship with the woman and that he "intended to tie her up while masked, leave the area, and then return as himself to rescue her."
The alleged incident happened Friday, Oct. 21 around 10:30 p.m. in a quiet neighborhood just outside of town.
The female had gone out to have a cigarette when she encountered the masked man in the garage. Police say two children were inside the home at the time.
"She fought back and the suspect eventually gave up the attack, fled from the garage," said Sgt. Peter Jung with Pleasant Prairie Police.
Initially police thought the attack was random.
"We were on edge and the whole neighborhood was on edge."
But they say a week long investigation led them to Robbie Suhr - the homeowner.
"It's a very original case to say the least," said Jung.
The department immediately alerted neighbors about the attack.
Michael Leitch lives just a few houses away.
"You would never suspect that happening in this area."
It's news that put Leitch on edge for the week.
He was happy to again hear from police Friday night. Officers again canvassed the neighborhood, handing out releases letting those living nearby know the attack was not random and the suspect had been arrested.
Suhr's wife wasn't home Saturday but his son told TODAY'S TMJ4 the family had known the exchange student for a couple of years and she had been living with them.
As of Saturday night, Police said Suhr was being held in Kenosha County Jail on charges including reckless endangerment, battery and false imprisonment.
He has yet to be officially charged by the district attorney's office.
In the meantime, neighbors are at a loss for words.
"I'm shocked, I really am," Leitch said.