Stalking, assault charges filed

Published 12:03 am Friday, September 24, 2010

The Red Level man accused of shooting out his estranged wife’s tires at Wages Market Wednesday is now charged with stalking and attempting to assault her.

Chief Deputy David Anderson of the Covington County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were called to the River Falls store when the female victim called 911 to report that Kelvin Dwight Kelley, 31, was attempting to break in.

“She said he was at her workplace and was trying to break-in to the closed business,” Anderson said. “Sometime after arriving, he pulled and jerked on the door but was unable to get in. He then went to his vehicle and produced a firearm.

“That was when Kelley fired the shots at her vehicle,” he said. “At least one bullet struck the vehicle.”

The female was able to make her way out the store’s back door undetected and hid in an overgrown area until law enforcement arrived.

Kelley then fled the scene to his home in Red Level.

“Then, he began calling the store,” Anderson said. “Soon after, I was able to talk him into giving himself up and took him into custody.”

Investigators later spoke with the victim who said earlier in the week, Kelley had rammed her car while traveling on Caton Road in Red Level and forced her off the roadway.

Kelley has now been charged with first-degree attempted assault, shooting into an unoccupied vehicle, stalking, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree domestic violence. He is currently being held in the Covington County Jail under a more than $1.5 million bond.

The CCSO and River Falls Police Department are continuing to investigate the case.