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Worthington woman accused of making repeated threats faces charges


WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington woman accused of continuously threatening another individual over social media platforms and instant messaging faces criminal charges in Nobles County District Court.

Monica Soukphilanouvong, 23, has been charged with threats of violence and pattern of stalking conduct, both felonies. The stalking offense is punishable up to 10 years imprisonment, a $20,000 fine or both.

According to the criminal complaint, an investigation began Aug. 3 after an individual reported to the Worthington Police Department that she was receiving repeated threats over various social media accounts and text messages. The complainant was advised to block Soukphilanouvong from social media accounts and not respond to text messages. While that provided some relief, the complainant again notified officers after Soukphilanouvong had allegedly used another person’s phone number to continue threateningly messaging her, the complaint continues.

At one point, Soukphilanouvong had allegedly gone as far as to send the complainant a photo of a handgun. Multiple messages containing profane threats were obtained as evidence and detailed in the complaint.

Soukphilanouvong was arrested by a Minnesota State trooper on another matter. She had a valid permit to carry a firearm, and a handgun was located in her purse.

In a post-arrest interview, Soukphilanouvong allegedly told officers she would never use the gun, but admitted to sending the victim a photo with the intent to scare her.