Paul Michael Nieman, 23, Little Falls, was charged Dec. 9 in Morrison County District Court with one felony count of domestic assault, one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation and one gross misdemeanor count of interrupting, interfering, impeding or disrupting with a 911 call.
On Oct. 25, Morrison County officers responded to a call from a victim who said she had been assaulted by Nieman at his residence in Belle Prairie Township. Her report said Nieman punched and kicked her and kept her against her will. She said he also blocked her airway which kept her from breathing and did not allow her to call for help.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told officers she had been looking through Nieman’s phone and questioned him about some calls when he became upset and began the assault.
The victim told the officers Nieman grabbed her phone and kept hitting her when she wouldn’t give him her pass code. He allegedly would not give back the phone so she could call for help.
The victim allegedly said Nieman would not allow her to leave the home.
Eventually the assault ended and when Nieman left the residence, the victim said she got a ride home.
An examination of Nieman’s criminal history showed he has two prior convictions for assault within the past 10 years which makes the current offense a felony.
If convicted, Nieman faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.