Charges stem from incident with ex-wife at funeral
By Alex Bridges -- firstname.lastname@example.org
WINCHESTER -- A city man with a history of domestic violence faces indictment by a grand jury today for robbing and trying to abduct his ex-wife at a funeral in Frederick County in December.
Dwayne Scott Hottle, 35, of 126 Euclid Ave., stands charged with felony domestic assault and battery, robbery and attempted abduction of Cathy Ann Woefel, according to records in Frederick County Circuit Court. A grand jury indicted Hottle on the felonies in Frederick County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Judge Elizabeth Kellas had on Monday in juvenile and domestic relations court ordered the three charges certified to the grand jury. Kellis also found Hottle guilty in the lower court of misdemeanor assault and battery of Richard Baker Jr. and Pamela Baker, identified in case documents as friends of Woefel. Hottle, through his attorney, Roger Inger, appealed the convictions to the circuit court.
Deputy W.S. Foster, of the Frederick County Sheriff's Office, arrested Hottle on the five charges Dec. 28. Foster states in a criminal complaint he spoke with Woefel in regards to a possible attempted abduction which had just occurred on that date. Woefel stated her ex-husband, Hottle, with whom she has a child in common, showed up at a funeral she attended.
"Woefel stated when she saw Hottle standing in the parking lot watching her, she immediately told her friends Richard and Pamela Baker that she had to leave," the complaint states. "Woefel stated that when she arrived at the Bakers' truck, Hottle followed her there. She stated that Hottle immediately grabbed her by both of her arms and began pulling & dragging her towards his truck. She stated that he was stating, 'You're coming with me.'"
The ex-wife stated that she told Hottle "no" and that "she wasn't going."
"She stated that she was fighting back trying to get free from him," the complaint notes. "Richard Baker Jr. said Hottle grabbed her by the back of the neck and had her arm, forcing her toward his truck at one point."
Foster adds that Baker stated he also heard Hottle tell Woelfel, "'You're coming with me.'"
"At one point, Hottle grabbed Woelfel's necklace, jerked it off her neck, and stated, 'You don't deserve this,'" the complaint states.
Pamela Baker tried to get Hottle off Woelfel but she was "shoved up against the truck," according to Foster. Hottle struck Richard Baker in the face when he tried to intervene, Foster states. Richard Baker struck back at Hottle then drove himself, his wife and Woelfel from the area, Foster notes.
Hottle has three prior convictions for domestic assault, according to the complaint.