OWATONNA — An Owatonna man was arrested and charged with three counts of domestic assault after he allegedly spanked and choked a woman on Tuesday evening.
Todd Caryl Owen, 40, is charged with one count of felony domestic assault by strangulation and two misdemeanors of domestic assault to cause harm to another person.
If convicted on the felony charge, Owen faces up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Each of the misdemeanors is punishable by up to a year in jail with the possibility of a $1,000 fine.
The Owatonna Police Department responded to a home on Mineral Springs Road just after 5 p.m. Tuesday after they received a call about a domestic assault in progress.
When police arrived at the residence, Owen was sitting in a parked truck in the driveway. Owen stated that he had gotten into a fight with a woman inside and had spanked her, according to the criminal complaint.
Police went inside the home, where they found a woman with a red neck, swollen arms and red slap marks on her buttocks. The woman was complaining of neck pain, according to the complaint.
In the police report, the woman said Owen became upset about a blender that hadn’t been cleaned and the argument began to escalate. The victim stated that she asked Owen to leave the house.
The complaint went on to say that Owen placed his hand over the victim’s mouth to stop her from talking and he pushed her so hard that her feet came off the ground.
The victim stated her breathing was affected and that she bit Owen on the hand to get him off of her. The criminal complaint said Owen then ordered the victim into the bedroom, where he began to spank her. The report stated that children were present in the home while the alleged assault took place.
Owen then grabbed the victim and pushed her onto the bed where he continued to spank her, according to the police report. The victim also said she heard a pop in her neck as Owen pushed her head into the bed.
The officer on scene also interviewed a child in the home who witnessed the alleged offenses. The child said in the criminal complaint that she yelled for Owen to stop what he was doing and saw him push the victim onto the bed.
Police interviewed Owen as well. He said he grabbed the victim around the midsection, threw her into the bedroom and spanked her. The police report said Owen estimated he spanked her with a force of seven on a scale of one to 10.
Owen appeared in Steele County District Court on Wednesday for his initial hearing. He was released on his own recognizance under the conditions that he cooperate with his attorney, not use drugs or alcohol and refrain from contact with the alleged victim. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Aug. 27.
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