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Worthington man faces charges following domestic assault

WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man faces a string of charges accusing him of assaulting an adult female in her apartment. Jerry Freimuth, 31, waived his May 22 initial appearance. According to the criminal complaint filed May 20 in Nobles County Di...

WORTHINGTON - A Worthington man faces a string of charges accusing him of assaulting an adult female in her apartment.

Jerry Freimuth, 31, waived his May 22 initial appearance.

According to the criminal complaint filed May 20 in Nobles County District Court, a Worthington police officer was called to an apartment to investigate a domestic assault that had taken place hours earlier. A woman that had a noticeably red eyelid, cheek and nose told the officer that she’d been assaulted by several females that were friends with Freimuth. After she texted Freimuth to inform him that her brother - who was reportedly friends with Freimuth - planned to talk to him about the assault, Freimuth showed up at her apartment.

According to the complaint, Freimuth banged on the female’s door. She unlocked it and opened it slightly, bracing it with her bare foot. He reportedly pushed his way into the apartment and shoved the woman against a wall, and allegedly slapped her with an open hand.

After repeatedly asking Freimuth to leave, the woman called 911. The complaint details that dispatch made multiple attempts to call the female’s number back, and one time connected with a male that appeared to be disguising his voice. Dispatch was reportedly unable to speak to the female and find out her location.

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He also reportedly grabbed her phone and threw it on the ground, breaking the screen. He allegedly “drug her out of the apartment by her hair,” struck her and threw her against his car before leaving.

Freimuth denied the assault.  

As a result, Freimuth faces charges of felony first-degree burglary, interfering with a 911 emergency phone call (a gross misdemeanor), and two counts of domestic assault and fourth-degree intentional damage to property (all misdemeanors).

The felony-level offense is punishable up to not more than 20 years, a $5,000 fine or both. The felony-level charge carries a maximum penalty of not more than 20 years imprisonment, a $35,000 fine or both. It also calls for a mandatory minimum of not less than six months imprisonment, if convicted.

His conditional bail was scheduled at $10,000 and unconditional at $40,000. He’s prohibited from having contact with the victim.

He was released after posting bond. He’s scheduled to next appear on June 20 in Nobles County District Court for a contested omnibus hearing.

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