Joliet man accused of attacking wife with multiple sclerosis
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org October 22, 2013 2:12PM
Michael Sopko | Will County Sheriff's Office
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:28AM
JOLIET — A Joliet man is charged with aggravated domestic battery and interfering with a report of domestic violence after allegedly attacking his wife, who has multiple sclerosis, police said.
Michael Sopko, 58, of the 900 block of Waverly Place, and his wife, 56, had been arguing throughout Sunday evening, and he “grabbed her from the couch, dragged her across the floor and started choking her,” Cmdr. Al Roechner said. “She was able to squeeze his testicles to make him stop.”
But when the woman tried to call 911, Sopko hung up the phone and struck her in the face, knocking her to the floor, and kneeled on her torso, trying to hurt her further, Roechner said. He said police responded to the 911 hang-up call and arrested Sopko.
The woman was examined at Saint Joseph Medical Center for injuries to her face, neck and ribs, according to police, who advised her to seek an order of protection.
Sopko, a former Sun-Times Media employee, was released early Tuesday after posting a $3,500 bond, police said.