A Butterfield man is facing one felony charge of Threats of Violence after an alleged domestic assault took place last week in St. James.

A Butterfield man is facing one felony charge of  Threats of Violence after an alleged domestic assault took place last week in St. James.

According to the complaint filed in Watonwan County Court

On April 19, 2018, St. James Police Officer Hoyt Peterson took a statement from M.M.M. (DOB: 07/15/2001) with respect to an assault visited upon her by Defendant Manuel DeJesus Rodriguez, Jr. (DOB: 05/23/1995). M.M.M. and Defendant were in a relationship that was on the rocks.

On April 12, 2018, the two were talking in Defendant’s vehicle about their relationship. Defendant was in the driver’s seat and M.M.M. was in the passenger seat. Defendant became upset and struck M.M.M. repeatedly in her leg. He then traveled out into the country and continued assaulting her in the vehicle. He repeatedly pulled her in a very aggressive manner, pulling out some of her hair. Upon release, M.M.M.’s head would snap back and hit the passenger window. He would pull her hair so hard she would almost be over in the driver’s side. Defendant also struck M.M.M. in the jaw with his fist.

Defendant eventually drove M.M.M. home. He told her that if she called the cops he would kill her, burn her house down, and destroy her truck.

Defendant has a 2009 adjudication of delinquency for 5th Degree Assault in Watonwan County.

The Defendant is facing the following charges:

Threats of Violence -felony with maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and or a fine of $10,000.

Domestic Assault-GM-Subsequent Violation - gross misdemeanor with maximum sentence of 1 year in prison and or a fine of $3,000.

Assault-5th Deg-Inflict or Attempt Bodily Harm- misdemeanor with maximum sentence of 90 days local confinement and or a fine of $1,000.

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