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Reading man charged with domestic assault

WORTHINGTON -- An alleged domestic assault report to the Nobles County Sheriff's Office has resulted in a Reading man being charged in Nobles County District Court.

Matthew Gunter Ulbrich, 27, faces charges of third-degree assault and domestic assault.

The criminal complaint states authorities were dispatched to a rural Reading address Sunday evening and found Ulbrich standing outside with a child. He allegedly told authorities his girlfriend was inside acting hysterical.

When a deputy entered the house, he found the 29-year-old female victim crying and upset, with redness and swelling on her temple and scratches by her left eye. Later, it was learned she had a chipped tooth and a ruptured eardrum.

She said Ulbrich had pulled her to the ground by her hair and beat her, kneeling on her shoulder while he hit her in the ear and cheekbone area with a closed fist. He allegedly pulled her around the yard by her hair, then dragged her toward a vehicle and told her to pack and leave.

She told the deputy she managed to get up and enter the house, where she called a friend, who contacted the sheriff's office. While she was in an upstairs bedroom, Ulbrich allegedly came in, knocked over a TV and told her a friend had called to say police were coming with their lights on. He allegedly told her whatever the cops did to him, he would do to her tenfold.

Initially, Ulbrich denied touching the victim and said he did not know why police had been called, but during a later interview said he may have bumped her, causing the injury.

A preliminary breath test showed Ulbrich had a blood alcohol concentration of .105.

A witness said she saw Ulbrich pull the victim to the ground by her hair and drag her across the yard.

Ulbrich was released on his own recognizance with the condition he have no contact with the victim. His next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 13 at the Prairie Justice Center.