HARDWICK — Several felony assault charges were filed against a Hardwick man last week after his battered fiancée showed up in the Sanford emergency room in Luverne.
James Anthony Holloway, 34, has been charged with two counts of second-degree felony assault, one involving a dangerous weapon.
He also faces a misdemeanor domestic assault charge and two counts of third-degree felony assault — one for substantial bodily harm and the other for strangulation.
According to court documents, the woman’s injuries showed a pattern of abuse over time, in addition to wounds that needed emergency attention.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call on Feb. 6 for a report of a severely beaten female at Luverne’s emergency room who was possibly a victim of domestic assault.
The deputy who responded to the call recognized the woman from previous incidents of domestic violence with Holloway.
The victim told the deputy that Holloway had been abusing her off and on for the past week and that she had called in sick to work for the entire week due to her visible injuries.
She said he had beaten her with his fists and with a dog toy, and that he had thrown objects at her, according to court documents.
The criminal complaint stated that there was a 1½-inch cut above her eye, cuts on her nose and on the top of her head and bruises on both arms, both legs, and on her back and chest. She also had clear marks on her neck that appeared to be from strangulation, according to court documents.
After receiving a written statement from the victim, the deputy and two other officers went to Hardwick to apprehend Holloway.
When law enforcement arrived at Holloway’s residence, he answered the door and was reportedly arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center in Luverne.
There, Holloway stated to the deputy that he needed help for anger management and drinking.
During an interview with the deputy Holloway admitted striking her with an open hand, but claims that he blacked out and didn’t remember anything else.
Holloway is currently booked at Nobles County Jail.
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