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William Dohrmann Pischel

Man tased following alleged rape attempt

An Ashland man is behind bars after he allegedly forced himself on a woman before her roommate intervened, prompting a series of events including a foot chase that culminated with him being tased in his home on Sunday, Aug. 5.

William Dohrmann Pischel, 27, faces a string of felony charges that include attempted rape and burglary, along with misdemeanor escape, on accusations he forced himself on a woman in her apartment in the 2200 block of Siskiyou Boulevard, prompting the woman’s female roommate to step in, according to documents filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by Ashland police.

Pischel’s alleged victim had invited him over, but she denied consent when he asked to have sex with her, she told police. Pischel refused to stop despite her telling him to get off of her. The victim told police Pischel said to her, “I came to have sex, and I’m going to have sex.”

Pischel allegedly attempted to rip the woman’s shorts off and grabbed her breasts before the roommate stepped in, helping “strike Pischel enough that he stopped and they were able to push him out the front door,” according to police.

The roommate stated that after they’d closed and locked the door, Pischel “attempted to force his way back inside the front door, still telling her he came there to have sex,” according to police.

Police said they found Pischel near the area of Tolman Creek Road and Barbara Street, where he reportedly walked away from an officer trying to detain him, saying he “just wanted to go home.”

Pischel allegedly broke free from police and ran into a residence in the 2900 block of Barbara Street, where police subdued him with the use of a Taser. Police said they didn’t know he’d run into his own residence until they had detained him.

Pischel made his initial appearance in Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday on felony charges of attempted first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree burglary and misdemeanor third-degree escape.

Pischel was arraigned Friday afternoon on an additional felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor counts of harassment based on allegations from a different woman who told police Pischel forcibly kissed her near the Ashland Plaza last week. As the woman attempted to head toward an elevator door to get away from the unwanted physical contact, Pischel allegedly said, “you’re not leaving,” with his fist clenched, police said.

Pischel was lodged Friday in the Jackson County Jail on $525,000 bail.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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