Missoula man accused of chasing wife, injuring her with meth torch

Missoula man accused of chasing wife, injuring her with meth torch

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A 51-year-old Missoula man is accused of assault with a weapon for allegedly chasing his wife with a lit propane torch after using the flame to light a methamphetamine pipe Tuesday night.

Daniel Scott Windmueller appeared Wednesday afternoon before Missoula County Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech.

According to an affidavit filed by Deputy County Attorney Jordan Kilby, Windmueller’s wife came out of the bedroom to find her husband lighting a meth pipe with a green camping propane bottle.

“She confronted Daniel about his use of drugs and he came at her with the lit torch,” the affidavit stated. He allegedly burned a hole through her shorts, causing a minor injury to her thigh.

According to the affidavit, Windmueller appeared to be high when Missoula police responded his home. He was pacing back and forth outside the residence and told police his wife became violent with him when he was trying to help her with a “medical issue.”

Police found the woman, distraught and crying, in the basement of the home.

Windmueller is listed as a violent offender for a previous conviction.

Orzech set bail in the amount of $50,000.

Reporter Kathryn Haake can be reached at 523-5268 or at kate.haake@missoulian.com.

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