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Robbery, stalking charges filed

Complaint: Womanmet victim throughTinder dating site

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A Chippewa Falls woman who met an Eau Claire man through a dating application is accused of stalking the man, attempting to rob him after placing a knife to his neck and trying to break into his residence.

Courtney L. Subatch, 21, 13742 45th Ave., was charged Wednesday in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of attempted armed robbery, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, identity theft and stalking, and misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass and theft.

According to the criminal complaint:

The man told police he met Subatch in the middle of November through a dating application called Tinder.

The man invited Subatch to his residence, where they watched a movie and became intimate.

Subatch returned to the man’s home the next day to retrieve some property she left there. While there, the man accused Subatch of taking some of his property. She denied taking the items but gave him $20 and said she was sorry the items were missing.

The following day Subatch entered the man’s residence without his knowledge and surprised him while he was lying on the couch.

The man stopped Subatch from trying to steal prescription pills he had in the living room.

Subatch excused herself to go to the bathroom. When she returned to the living room, she sneaked up to the man, put a knife to his throat and told him to give her his money.

With the help of his brother, the man got the knife away from Subatch but sustained cuts on his hand.

Pepper spray was found on the floor of the living room, and the man believed Subatch brought it with her.

After Subatch left, the man noticed two debit cards were missing from his wallet. One of them was used at an Eau Claire gas station. Surveillance video from the gas station showed the card was used by Subatch.

While watching television on Nov. 30, the man heard rattling on his front door, and then the power to his residence went out.

The man saw a shadowy figure outside and called police.

He heard pounding on his front door and living room window as if someone was trying to get inside. 

A police officer arrived to find Subatch attempting to force her way into a window. She was holding a large knife.

The officer entered a basement shared by the man and his upstairs neighbor. The main breaker switch had been turned off.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com


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