Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Milwaukee man is facing several felonies after the mother of a four-year-old girl fought off a home intruder who attempted to abduct the girl in Milwaukee's St. Joseph’s neighborhood in early July.
David E. Matavka, 61, has been charged with attempted abduction of a child, burglary and felony bail jumping and has been ordered to undergo a competency examination, according to online court records.
At the time of the incident he was on pre-trial release after being charged in April with making terrorist threats in Racine County.
According to the criminal complaint:
The four-year-old girl later told police that she was watching television in a home along the 2800 block of North 50th Street in the St. Joseph’s neighborhood on July 3 when a man entered the home, grabbed her by the neck and choked her.
Upon hearing the girl scream, the mother ran downstairs and saw the man in her kitchen, near the home’s rear entrance, holding the girl’s wrist.
The mother grabbed her daughter and scratched at the man’s hands and arms until he let go. The man repeatedly yelled “gimmie the girl” before releasing her and fleeing out the door.
The mother and daughter provided a detailed description to police, who later learned that a similarly described person had been escorted off the property of the Ascension St. Joseph’s hospital by security earlier that day
Police later identified the suspect as Matavka. The mother and daughter also identified him as the man who entered the home when presented with a photo array of suspects.
In April, Matavka allegedly threatened a nurse at a Racine hospital with a gun he did not have, according to the Racine County Eye.
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