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Windom man facing attempted murder charges

WINDOM — A Windom man has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and terroristic threats, third-degree assault of an unborn child and an additional misdemeanor assault charge after allegedly threatening a pregnant woman with a knife and kicking her.

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Nickson Otema, 25, was arrested Sunday in connection with the case after the Windom Police Department responded to a report a possible fight in progress at 5:52 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of 13th Street in Windom.

According to court documents, when officers arrived at the residence, the victim told authorities that someone fought her and wanted to punch her. When officers searched the residence, the victim pointed to a knife on the bed and stated that was the knife with which she was assaulted. She also showed officers a cut on her hand from the knife, and officials noticed there was blood on the blade.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim was brought to the Windom Law Enforcement Center, where she told police that the apartment belonged to Otema, and she and her husband were living there. The victim stated that she is four months pregnant and believes the child is the suspect’s.

Court documents also stated that Otema wanted her to move out of the apartment, and while she was attempting to do so, Otema told the victim that he was going to “kick her and get the baby out.”

According to court documents, Otema did kick her twice on the left side of her rib area, and the victim grabbed his hand to stop him from kicking her.

He was holding a knife in his hand and told her he was going to punch her with it. He allegedly told the victim that “if the cops came they would not find her alive.” After the victim got the knife away from Otema, he left the residence.

Otema was released from jail after posting bail and makes his initial appearance in court Tuesday.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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