Zachary George King, 21, Little Falls, was charged with one felony count each of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault by strangulation by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.
On May 8, the Little Falls Police received a report of a suicidal man on Fourth Avenue Northeast. They responded to the address and met King’s girlfriend who said he had gotten upset with her when she had taken the phone away from him.
The victim allegedly told police King had then grabbed her and pushed her into a corner. She ran upstairs and he had followed, again throwing her on the floor. According to the criminal report, he then held up a knife and stabbed at her head, but missed. She grabbed the knife and was cut as King pulled it away.
The victim said she ran downstairs and tried to get outside, but King allegedly grabbed her by the neck and squeezed, throwing her on the floor. She said she was in fear of being strangled.
After this, King began to cry and said he was sorry. The victim called her mother and waited outside for her to arrive.
The police officers located a black folding knife on the kitchen table that the victim identified as the one King used to assault her. The officers also noted red marks on the victims neck, back and arm and cuts on her left hand.
The officers spoke with the victim’s mother who said she took the knife away from King after her daughter had said he was trying to kill himself. She allegedly said King was yelling that she should kill him.
If convicted, King faces a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment and/or a $14,000 fine.