BY MATT TROUTMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man appeared in court on domestic violence charges just days before an incident in which police said he assaulted his ex-girlfriend at a Woodmere Avenue business.
Paul Wayne Maleski Jr., 21, was arraigned Tuesday in 86th District Court on felony charges of third offense domestic violence and resisting and obstructing a police officer after a Sunday incident. His court appearance came within a week of another arraignment on identical felony domestic violence charges for a July 28 incident when he grabbed his ex-girlfriend by the neck and slammed her into a wall, court documents state.
“It was the same victim,” said Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney. “He was on bond on that charge when he was arrested (Sunday).”
Both incidents took place at Paul’s Appliance Services, which is owned by Maleski’s father and doubles as a residence. The first incident occurred after Maleski became angry about losing his cell phone and an argument between the two escalated into violence, police reports state.
“She stated she was so in fear she ran to the bathroom and attempted to lock the door,” the report states.
Maleski assaulted the victim in the bathroom, according to the police report, and was arraigned Aug. 8 on charges of third offense domestic violence and driving on a suspended license. He was released from Grand Traverse County jail on a 10 percent $5,000 bond with a condition that he have no contact with the victim.
The second incident began when the victim attempted to leave the appliance store on Sunday after another argument. Witnesses reported seeing Maleski in his underwear run and tackle the victim outside the store and drag her by the waist and hair back into the building.
Traverse City police officers arrived at the store and reported hearing Maleski yelling profanities. The police report states Maleski didn’t answer the door and refused to comply with officers; a police dog then bit him in the “upper thigh area.”
The victim was found in a bathroom with injuries to her head, including a spot where hair was pulled out. She said Maleski threatened to kill her if she left the building.
Police initially requested unlawful imprisonment and torture charges, but Cooney said he would not authorize those “at this time.” Maleski has prior domestic violence convictions from 2012 in Grand Traverse County and Florida. A third offense domestic violence charge carries a maximum 5-year penalty.
Maleski was being held in Grand Traverse County’s jail on no bond.