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Prosecutors Charge Repeat Abuser with Domestic Assault

A Fridley resident who has two prior domestic assault convictions is accused of throwing his girlfriend to the ground in downtown Hopkins.

Prosecutors arrested a 28-year-old Fridley man Sunday after witnesses in downtown Hopkins saw him grab his girlfriend and throw her to the ground, causing her to hit her head on the pavement.

Officers arrived to find the woman crying as she sat against a building on the 1000 block of Mainstreet, according to charging documents prepared by Police Sgt. Mike Glassberg and filed Tuesday.

She said she and Landon Gregory Braaten got into an argument while walking downtown and he pushed her to the ground. Medical personnel treated the woman for a head injury.

Prosecutors charged Braaten with felony domestic assault, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In April, Braaten was convicted on separate charges of felony domestic assault and violation of a protection order, according to court records. In March 2011, he was convicted of misdemeanor domestic assault.

 

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