Worthington woman arrested after reportedly hitting person repeatedly with metal bat
Souphommanichanh is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 30.
ELLSWORTH — A Worthington woman is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon after reportedly hitting a person repeatedly with a metal bat. Phonkham Nang Souphommanichanh, 36, also faces a felony count of threats of violence and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault.
On Aug 15, a Nobles County Sheriff's deputy responded to a report of an assault in Ellsworth. The reporting party identified Souphommanichanh as the assailant and informed dispatch that she had left the residence in a white Acura.
The victim was laying on an ambulance stretcher when law enforcement arrived. He stated he and Souphommanichanh were fighting most of the weekend and that the victim was attempting to help Souphommanichanh get sober.
After breaking Souphommanichanh’s cell phone, Souphommanichanh reportedly started swinging a metal bat at the victim, hitting him multiple times. The victim stated he pushed Souphommanichanh before she grabbed a piece of the broken dining room table and swung at the victim again.
At that point, the victim told a juvenile in the house to call 911.
According to the complaint, Souphommanichanh also threatened the victim with a knife before cutting into a dining room chair. Souphommanichanh reportedly told the victim she was going to kill him.
Officers noted the inside of the residence was in disarray, including a broken table and a chair with gouge marks that matched the victim's statements. A metal bat was located on the floor inside the house, and two areas of blood were seen.
The victim told deputies that Souphommanichanh was likely at another person's home in Worthington. Upon being located, Souphommanichanh told officers that the victim had hit her. She was arrested and transported to Nobles County Jail.
Conditional bail was set at $15,000 and Souphommanichanh is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on Aug. 30.
If convicted, Souphommanichanh faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine for the charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. The maximum sentence for threats of violence is five years in prison, and/or a $10,000 fine, while the domestic assault misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
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 .