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Windom man faces assault charges

WINDOM -- A Windom man is facing two felony charges after allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a knife and stating he would kill her.

Joshua Mokobi Matimo, 24, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats.

The complaint states authorities were notified Saturday night of a 911 phone call.

There was no one on the line, but the dispatcher could hear yelling in the background.

A woman yelled something about a knife, officers were informed.

All officers were asked to respond, and a short time later, a deputy found a woman standing outside a townhouse crying.

The victim said she had called 911 because her boyfriend, later identified at Matimo, had threatened her with a knife.

An officer spoke with Matimo, who said his girlfriend had pulled on his shirt and hit him with a boot.

When asked about mention of a knife, he said he had dropped one while doing dishes as they argued.

The victim said Matimo had become angry after his friends had left because she chastised him for speaking badly about her in Swahili to a friend while she was present.

She said he made a comment about getting her out of his life, so she started to pack some things, but then he complained about the dirty dishes, so she started washing them.

They were talking about why he was speaking badly about her when Matimo got closer, she said, and started hitting her, even grabbing a shoe and hitting her with it.

She said he would not stop hitting her, and everything "began to go white."

When he started going for a knife, she said, she told him she was calling the police.

He grabbed a long butcher knife, she said, but saw she was already on the phone and threw the knife down.

She grabbed her young daughter and locked the two of them into the bathroom for a while, then ran outside.

The victim said Matimo has hit her many times in the past, but never in the face.

He has also threatened to kill her in the past.

He only started hitting her about four months ago, she said, after he stopped seeing a 17-year-old girl.

The victim told officers she was worried about retaliation because Matimo is "all about revenge." He had bragged to her about killing a man in Kenya for taking a chicken.

Her concern, she told officers, is that if he would kill over a chicken, what would he do to her?

The officers found evidence of bruising and swelling on the victim's arms and face.