LUVERNE — Rudy Ramirez, 26, of Worthington was arrested in Luverne Aug. 21 following a report of an assault.

Officers responded to a call from a victim who said Ramirez had just left the victim's home after assaulting them and that he had drugs on his person. Ramirez was located at the Casey's Drugstore at 302 S. Kniss Ave. The arresting officer recognized Ramirez from a previous mugshot, as he had a previous domestic assault on his record from November 2018.

The officer located a marijuana pipe on the driver's seat of Ramirez's vehicle, but no contraband on his person. When another officer arrived with a K-9, law enforcement discovered a clean hypodermic needle in the backseat and three baggies in the front console containing 26 Xanax tablets.

While one officer transported Ramirez to the Nobles County Jail, the other interviewed the victim. The victim said Ramirez had struck their head and arms and dragged the victim across the floor by the hair. He also reportedly broke some of the victim's personal belongings. He believed that the victim was cheating on him.

Ramirez was charged with fifth-degree drug possession, gross misdemeanor domestic assault and driving after license revocation. His highest possible sentence is five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.