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Brainerd man faces first-degree attempted murder charge

A 34-year-old Brainerd man faces first-degree attempted murder and other domestic assault charges for allegedly choking a Brainerd woman until she passed out, causing about a dozen cigarette burns and significant bruises to her body.

Patrick Michael Aleman was charged with three felonies Thursday in Crow Wing District Court for first-degree attempted murder, while committing domestic abuse with past pattern of domestic abuse; third-degree assault to cause substantial bodily harm; and domestic assault by strangulation.

Aleman could face a maximum of 20 years and/or $100,000 in fines for the first-degree attempted murder charge.

Judge Kristine DeMay set unconditional bail at $600,000 and $300,000 with conditions. Conditions include Aleman must be law abiding, make all court appearances, cannot use alcohol or intoxicants, cannot enter bars, cannot possess any firearms and cannot have contact with the victim.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Aleman:

• Brainerd police officers were dispatched at 2:51 a.m. Tuesday to the 3300 block of Oak Street in response to a 911 call concerning a female who was covered in bruises. Upon arrival, officers found the woman, sitting on the couch in the living room wearing a white tank top and shorts. She was leaning on her right side and was explaining to responding ambulance staff how she had sharp pain in her right chest/ribs. The officer could see extensive bruises all across her left upper leg and buttock. Several bruises were dark and some starting to yellow, as if they were several days old. Officers cleared the remainder of the residence and discovered a small child sleeping in one of the bedrooms.

• The victim was assisted to the ambulance and was taken to the hospital. It was apparent that she was in extreme pain and having difficulty moving. At the hospital, she was treated for multiple injuries indicating contusions in multiple locations on her body, chest wall pain, pain in left arm, left leg pain, burn injuries, broken tooth and facial contusions.

• In speaking with the victim, officers learned her boyfriend, Aleman, was responsible for her injuries. She informed officers she and Aleman met in July of 2013 and dated for a short time before breaking up. They began dating again in December of 2013. Since then, they have been in a romantic relationship and Aleman regularly stays at her apartment.

• The victim explained a week prior she met and had coffee with her ex-boyfriend. She said when she told Aleman about this, he became upset and assaulted her on the previous Saturday and Sunday nights (Feb. 15-16) when she was punched and kicked by him. She did not report this to law enforcement as she said she was scared of Aleman. This is also why she wasn’t forthcoming with what happened on this date as well, the complaint stated.

• On Monday, the victim put her daughter to bed about 8 p.m. and went into the living room with Aleman. They both had drinks and ate about 10 p.m. According to the criminal complaint, Aleman got up and began punching and assaulting her repeatedly in the right side because he was mad at her for “disrespecting him.” She begged him to stop but he would not. She explained the burn injuries were caused by cigarettes and thought there were more than a dozen on her body. A bite injury was to her lower lip when the defendant bit her. The broken tooth was from him head-butting her face. The complaint stated Aleman then began choking her with his hands around her throat. She was unable to talk, swallow or breathe. She said the room got fuzzy.

• Aleman then smothered her with a pillow until she passed out, the complaint stated. She woke up in her bed several hours later. She went out to the living room and found him sleeping on the floor. She woke him up and told him she needed to go to the emergency room. Aleman asked her not to go and when she insisted, he grabbed his things and left before she called for help. Later, he left text messages for her seemingly upset with how long she was at the hospital and about how he would not get in trouble if she didn’t say anything about what happened, according to the complaint. He was later located at a Brainerd residence and arrested.

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