Man charged with battery to a deputy

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Darryl Enriquez
January 26, 2011
— A Kenosha man that police say drank too much at a family Christmas party will be arraigned on multiple charges, including hurting a sheriff's deputy during his arrest, according to a criminal complaint.

Phillip T. Cantwell, 25, shouted profanities at law enforcement personnel, claimed he was a warrior with a Purple Heart medal and kicked Walworth County Sheriff's Deputy Jennifer Schmidt as she attempted to get him into the back seat of a squad car, according to the complaint.

Cantwell is scheduled to appear in Walworth County court for arraignment at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 before Judge Robert Kennedy. He was bound over for trial earlier on a felony charge of battery to a peace officer. The crime carries a prison term of up to six years.

Cantwell also is charged with lesser counts of disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and domestic abuse.

The complaint states:

The incident began after Cantwell, a woman and her young child left a Dec. 26 party at a family home in Elkhorn.

The woman told police she was driving a car with her daughter and Cantwell as passengers. Cantwell began to yell at her as they left the party, and she became concerned about the safety of her and her child. The complaint does not clarify the relationship between Cantwell and the woman.

Cantwell told her to stop the car because he wanted to walk. Cantwell reached toward her with his hands in a choking gesture but did not touch her.

The woman stopped the car, took her daughter, left the vehicle and called 911. Cantwell ran south.

Schmidt was first on the scene and found Cantwell lying on the ground a short distance from the car. He got up, ran and fell to the pavement.

Schmidt was able to handcuff Cantwell, but as Schmidt held open the squad door to get Cantwell inside, he kicked her right thigh.

Another deputy on the scene took Cantwell to the ground and put shackles on his legs.

While in the squad driven by Schmidt, Cantwell screamed that he was going to kill her. He kicked at the backseat of the squad and banged his head.

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