SLAYTON ― Criminal charges have been filed and a warrant has been served in connection with a Nov. 1 domestic dispute.
On Nov. 1, a caller reported to dispatch that their friend had recently been assaulted. When an officer arrived, the victim alleged that Ryan Tyrrell, 48, of Slayton, hurt the victim during an argument. The victim had a recent abrasion the wrist, bruised cheeks and a swollen lip.
Tyrrell reportedly pushed the victim over in their recliner, causing the recliner to break. He then allegedly got on top of the victim, cupped his hand over their mouth and cheeks and squeezed, pinning their head against the floor. The victim reported that Tyrrell was screaming but did not punch or hit the victim.
Following the alleged assault, the victim said they had asked Tyrrell to leave the house, and he had.
On Nov. 18, the investigating officer happened to notice Tyrrell's truck outside the victim's residence and went to talk to him. Tyrrell reportedly said that the victim was "crazy" and "flips out." He told the officer that he had flipped the recliner because the victim had tripped him, causing him to fall down, and that he had never touched the victim. He said he had left the house after the incident.
Law enforcement issued a warrant for Tyrrell's arrest Nov. 19, and he was arrested Dec. 7 and charged with felony domestic assault. The offense carries a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine, but if he's convicted, Tyrrell will be sentenced based on criminal history. He has three previous convictions of domestic assault on his record.
Tyrrell was released from Lyon County Jail Dec. 11 after posting non-cash bond. His initial court appearance is set for Monday.
The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org.