LF man charged with domestic assault and making terroristic threats

Bateman has been charged for fourth time

Justin James Bateman, 25, Little Falls, has been charged in the Morrison County District Court with one felony count each of domestic assault and causing or attempting to cause terror through threats.

On July 21, the Little Falls Police Department received a report of a domestic dispute in Northeast Little Falls. The  caller said she had just been assaulted by her fiance, Bateman.

When an officer arrived at the scene, the victim said she and Bateman were arguing and at one point, Bateman allegedly grabbed her by her arms and threw her backward and she hit her head on a piece of furniture. The officer did note marks to the victim’s arms and head.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim told the officer Bateman allegedly told her if she contacted the police, he would kill her and their unborn baby by punching her in the stomach.

Bateman, later located in Little Falls, was arrested and brought to jail. He was given a portable breath test which showed an alcohol concentration of 0.169. In his statement to police, he allegedly said his girlfriend was a liar and that he never put his hands on her.

Bateman’s criminal record showed a prior conviction for domestic assault Aug. 8, 2007, and again July 2, 2008. He also has a conviction of making terroristic threats from March 7, 2011. All convictions were in Morrison County.

If convicted, Bateman faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine for each count.

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