Worthington man arrested on domestic assault charges
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man was arrested Monday after allegedly strangling his girlfriend and threatening to kill her.
Ernesto De Jesus Lanza-Osorno, 27, was arrested on felony charges of domestic assault by strangulation and terroristic threats with reckless disregard risk. He is also facing an additional charge of domestic assault, a gross misdemeanor.
The Worthington Police Department responded to a report of an assault at 1:14 a.m. Monday from the 1300 block of Sixth Avenue. Upon arrival, the victim allegedly told police Lanza-Osorno got upset because he wanted to use the phone while she was already using it.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim said she gone to bed to avoid a fight when Lanza-Osorno got on top of her and started strangling her, adding that he was going to kill her. The victim said she was calling the police when Lanza-
Osorno attempted to escape by jumping out a window.
According to court documents, the Worthington Police Department asked other officers for assistance in locating Lanza-Osorno. A Nobles County deputy spotted him walking on Clary Street near Burlington Avenue. Lanza-Osorno was arrested and transported to Prairie Justice Center.
According to the criminal complaint, Lanza-Osorno agreed to give a statement to police allegedly stating that he did get upset while the victim was using the phone, but that she grabbed a knife and hit him with the handle of it. He told law enforcement officials that he fought with the victim for about five minutes over the knife.
Lanza-Osorno also told police that he left because the victim kicked him out of the apartment and that he left through the door, not the window. He could not explain why the side window to the apartment was open when police arrived, and denied ever strangling the victim. Officers didn’t note any marks on Lanza-Osorno.
Lanza-Osorno is currently in custody at the Nobles County Jail. Bail is set at $50,000 with conditions or $100,000 without conditions.
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