An Onamia man, Brandon James Mitchell, 40, has been charged with a felony count of domestic assault after an incident on Sept. 26.
According to the complaint:
Mille Lacs Tribal police officers were dispatched on Sept. 26 to a home on Nay Ah Shing Drive in Onamia to a report of an assault that had occurred the night before.
Officers were told by the victim that Mitchell and the victim arrived at their home in Onamia after a night at the Mille Lacs Grand Casino and that they began to argue after consuming alcohol.
The victim told officers that she went into the bathroom because she did not want to argue with Mitchell, but Mitchell followed her in and continued to argue.
While in the bathroom, she said Mitchell grabbed her by the throat and threw her to the ground, at which point Mitchell knelt over her and began choking her.
She told officers she could not breath and began seeing black spots and estimated that she was choked for 20 to 30 seconds. Mitchell stopped choking after her daughter knocked on the door to use the bathroom, according to the complaint.
She told officers that Mitchell stood in the bathroom while her daughter used the toilet, and after they exited the bathroom, Mitchell pushed both her and her daughter into her bedroom and shut the door.
According to the complaint, she tried to open the door to her bedroom, but Mitchell held the door shut. She said she later realized that she was safer in the bedroom and barricaded the door with a nightstand and secured the door shut with a knife.The victim told officers she contemplated jumping out of a window but did not want her daughter to jump as well.
She said she and her daughter stayed up all night until Mitchell got into the shower in the morning At which point, she and her daughter left the residence and went to a friend’s house, the complaint stated. She told the friend about the incident and the friend called police.
Officers observed multiple red marks on her neck, and she appeared to be in pain and coughing.
Officers located Mitchell at Mille Lacs Grand Casino and arrested him. Mitchell acknowledged they had both been drinking and argued the night before but initially denied the argument was physical, later recanting and saying that he grabbed the victim and squeezed her after she punched him.
When asked how the victim got red marks on her neck, Mitchell told officers he might have done that when she was squirming when he was squeezing her.
Mitchell was convicted of a felony domestic assault no contact order and a felony domestic assault in 2015. Mitchell has a total of eight felony convictions for qualified domestic assault-related convictions in the past 16 years.
Felony domestic assault carries a maximum prison sentence of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.