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Complaint: Rhinelander man accused girlfriend of cheating, threatened to kill himself and othersSubmitted: 11/20/2017
Story By Allie Herrera

Complaint: Rhinelander man accused girlfriend of cheating, threatened to kill himself and others
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man allegedly told his girlfriend he "wanted to slit her from ear to ear and stab her in the face." That sparked a nearly six hour standoff last Thursday.

According to a criminal complaint, 21-year-old Mathew Smith threatened to kill himself and others with a knife inside of a home on Highway 8. 


It started after Smith apparently accused his girlfriend of cheating on him. Smith then barricaded himself inside the home. 

According to a criminal complaint, police made more than 20 attempts to contact Smith while he was inside, but he refused to come out. The Special Response Team, along with other law enforcement agencies eventually arrested him. 

In court on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Mary Sowinski said Smith is "extremely dangerous to the public." 

"I'm not sure of any violent history that Mr. Smith has either so again, I think these allegations are out of character," said defense attorney Chad Lynch. Lynch says he anticipates representing Smith once he contacts their office. 

Smith faces two felonies and several misdemeanors, including disorderly conduct domestic abuse, bail jumping, and a drug charge. Smith cannot have contact with his girlfriend. But he can see the child they have together. Smith is ordered to contact another person to set up times to see the child. 

"We do have a child between us also, but I could go other ways about seeing him. I don't have to actually contact her at all," said Smith. 

Smith was apparently ordered not to have contact with his girlfriend. The court order from California was issued in 2016 and is in effect until 2019. 

"I actually was taken there to face some court stuff that I had going on out there and I came back when I finished with my sentence out there," said Smith. 

Smith was also ordered not to use or be in possession of drugs. His bail was set to $5,000. Smith is due back in court on Tuesday. 


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