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Berlin police arrest man after responding to domestic disturbance complaint

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BERLIN (WKOW) – Police arrested a Berlin man Sunday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance complaint involving a pregnant woman.

According to a City of Berlin Police Department news release, officials went to 228 Canal St. at 6:55 a.m. after getting a report involving a 29-year-old pregnant woman and a man who had allegedly battered her. The woman was complaining of injuries to her stomach.

When officials arrived on scene, they tried to get in contact with the residents of the home; they made several attempts with no response before learning that the victim, her one-and-a-half-year-old child, the victims’s mother, and the suspect were in the home. Police established a perimeter and continued to try to contact the people in the house. According to the release, officials knew from previous investigations that the suspect may have had a firearm.

Several homes in the area were evacuated. Also, police removed allparishionerss from St. John’s Lutheran Church as it was holding services at the time of the incident and was directly across the street from the residence.

Police say they made contact with the victim and she was able to leave the home to receive medical care. The woman’s mother and child also left the house and were examined by paramedics. Officials then went on to make contact with the suspect, who left the home a short time later and was arrested. Police say the suspect is Rico R. Velasquez, 36, of 228 Canal St. in Berlin.

According to police, Velasquez has been placed on probation hold and that domestic abuse-related charges will be sent to the Green Lake County District Attorney’s Office. Velasquez is being held at Green Lake County jail.

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