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Domestic assault leads to criminal charges against Brainerd man

A 23-year-old Brainerd man faces domestic assault charges after getting into an argument with a victim known to him in Baxter.

A 23-year-old Brainerd man faces domestic assault charges after getting into an argument with a victim known to him in Baxter.

Zachary Scott Krupke made his first appearance Nov. 21 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd where he was charged with two felonies—domestic assault by strangulation and stalking, and gross misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to the statement of probable cause filed against Krupke, Baxter police were advised at 12:08 a.m. Nov. 18 through a Facebook message requesting help. When officers arrived to the Baxter residence, they could hear a woman talking in the apartment. Officers made contact with the woman who reported a man known to her, Krupke, and his father were in the residence. She also confirmed she was the one who sent the message and allowed officers in the residence.

An officer located Krupke and had a recorded conversation. Krupke stated he and the woman had gotten into an argument as he was jealous and angry. The defendant stated he confronted the woman about the situation and at one point pushed her and she fell to the ground while they were in the garage of an apartment building. Krupke stated his father showed up after the altercation occurred as he had asked him to come over.

Another officer met with the woman who stated Krupke, who was very upset, pushed her to the floor multiple times in the parking garage. He pushed her to the floor in the hallway leading from the garage to the apartment multiple times, the complaint stated. And once in the apartment, he pushed her to the floor again. The woman said she was not sure how many times she was pushed down, but it was many times.

She then described how he took her by the neck with both hands and squeezed and she could not speak nor breathe, but she did not lose consciousness. The woman was able to get him off of her.

At this time, the woman proceeded to call Krupke's parents. His father came to the apartment and defused the situation. However, she proceeded to reach out to the police department for further assistance.

The officer noted several visible injuries to the woman that were photographed. During the entire encounter with the woman she complained of severe pain and immobility of her left arm, the complaint stated. She was unsure when that injury occurred, but stated it was from the assault.

She lifted her right arm and abrasions were observed on her elbow area. They appeared to be consistent with sliding/skidding across a surface. Similar abrasions were observed on both of her knees and she had hand marks on her neck which appeared consistent with a hand grabbing the neck area. The woman also pointed out swelling around her left eye, stating Krupke struck her in the face the night before, but refused to elaborate on the details of that assault, the complaint stated.

Krupke's next court hearing is scheduled Jan. 8, 2018.