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Brainerd man faces felony domestic assault charges

Keith Alan Ellingboe

A 59-year-old Brainerd man is accused of pushing a victim to the ground twice and strangling her.

According to the probable cause document filed in court, the Brainerd Police Department was called at 12:29 a.m. Saturday to a report of a physical domestic assault that had just occurred at a home in Brainerd. The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office 911 dispatcher advised police the anonymous reporting party stated they received a call from the victim, who said she had just been thrown to the floor by Keith Alan Ellingboe.

A Brainerd officer approached the multi-unit home and knocked on the door, which was answered by Ellingboe. The officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from the defendant's breath. The officer attempted to speak to Ellingboe, but due to his level of intoxication, he was unable to speak coherently, the complaint stated.

The officer spoke to the victim, who stated she and Ellingboe were at the bar drinking before coming to the home. After they arrived, the victim made the Ellingboe something to eat. He became angry and threw the food in the garbage can, then grabbed items off of the counter and walls and began throwing them in the direction of her, hitting her with some of the items thrown.

She stated Ellingboe would not calm down and threw her to the ground in the living room. Ellingboe then attempted to pin her to the ground, but she was able to get him off of her and stand back up. He continued to come after her, throwing her to the ground for a second time, and then he attempted to strangle her by grabbing her throat with one of his hands and squeezing, the complaint stated. The victim stated she did not lose consciousness, but did struggle to breathe when he was squeezing her throat with his hand.

The officer observed the victim appeared to have been crying prior to speaking to him. While speaking to the officer, the victim became emotional and her eyes began to water, the complaint stated. The officer observed some redness on her upper chest area just below her throat.

Ellingboe made his first appearance Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd in front of Judge Earl Maus. He was charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and a gross misdemeanor stalking charge with intent to injure. His next court hearing was scheduled for March 6 and he was released from jail on his own recognizance.