Donald August Hott, Jr., 55, Little Falls, was charged in Morrison County District Court with one felony count each of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault by strangulation. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic assault.
On Oct. 5, Little Falls police officers met with a female victim of a domestic dispute. She allegedly told officers the argument with Hott began over cigarettes and then turned physical. She said Hott pinned her against a chair and placed his hands around her neck and squeezed.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim said their adult son tried to intervene, only to be grabbed by the neck by Hott which led to a brief altercation in the kitchen.
The victim allegedly told officers Hott grabbed a knife and threatened all of them. The altercation ended when Hott told them all to get out of the house.
Hott was placed under arrest and later gave a taped statement, saying he and the victim argued, their son intervened and put him in a choke hold. He told police he got away, grabbed a knife and told them all to leave.
If convicted, Hott faces a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine.