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Worthington man accused of domestic assault


WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man accused of assaulting a woman to the point she experienced difficulty breathing was arrested early Monday morning.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Nobles County District Court, Marques A. Brinks, 22, has been charged with felony domestic assault — by strangulation; interference with emergency telephone calls, a gross misdemeanor; and domestic assault, a misdemeanor. The felony-level charge is punishable up to three years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine or both.

The charges stem from an alleged early Monday morning incident in which Brinks is accused of aggressively blocking a woman’s attempt at leaving an apartment. As a response, she claimed to have thrown a water bottle at him and scratched him. The complaint alleges that Brinks was intoxicated at the time.

When the alleged victim told Brinks she would call the police, Brinks allegedly took her cell phone from her and told her it didn’t have service. She then pounded on the apartment walls in an attempt to alert neighbors for help. She eventually was able to go downstairs in the apartment complex and use a friend’s phone to call law enforcement, the complaint states.

In comments to law enforcement, Brinks said he and the alleged victim had gotten into an argument and he pushed her “kind of hard.” She scratched him, he claimed, so he pushed her away.

His unconditional bail was scheduled at $5,000. He is to have no contact with the alleged victim.