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Mercer man arrested after ‘subject at risk’ abuse

February 04, 2020

A former Mercer man, now of Port Edwards, was taken into custody by the Iron County Sheriff’s Department after an elderly woman indicated her family member was “verbally abusing her and was always intoxicated,” according to court reports. 

Robert John LaRock, 58, is charged with felony intimidation of a victim (domestic abuse), criminal damage to property, resisting an officer, intentionally subjecting an individual at risk to abuse (domestic abuse) and disorderly conduct in Iron County Circuit Court. 

Authorities were called to the town of Mercer in mid-December for a welfare check on a 79-year-old woman. The victim indicated LaRock had moved to Mercer from Milwaukee about a year ago and lived in a camper until it was too cold when he then moved into the residence, court reports state. 

The victim further relayed he had “anger management issues” and would cut the land phone line if she said she wanted to call 911. A deputy advised the victim how to use a cell phone, reports note. 

A deputy returned to the residence after LaRock returned there, where he heard LaRock yelling. LaRock told the officer he wanted to press charges for abuse inflicted by the victim when he was a baby. He was advised he was under arrest and resisted arrest, telling the deputy to “get out of my house” and swearing at him when further arrest attempts were made. LaRock got into a fighting position and continued to swear, at which point the deputy warned him he’d be tased. LaRock said he also had a taser, reports state. 

After more resistance, LaRock was tased. 

LaRock is listed as now living in Port Edwards. He was seen before Judge Tony Stella on Monday and had a $1,000 signature bond. He may not have alcohol or contact the victim. 

Abigail Bostwick may be reached at [email protected].

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