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Man accused of threatening to kill woman, throw body in mine pits

A Crosby man is accused of telling a woman he was going to kill her and throw her in the mine pits with weights around her so she wouldn't float, court documents said.

Jeffrey Alvin Hoffman
Jeffrey Alvin Hoffman

A Crosby man is accused of telling a woman he was going to kill her and throw her in the mine pits with weights around her so she wouldn't float, court documents said.

The Crosby man, Jeffrey Alvin Hoffman, 34, was charged Tuesday in Crow Wing County District Court for felony domestic assault by strangulation and felony of making terroristic threats with reckless disregard risk.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Hoffman:

• Officers were dispatched at 3:44 p.m. Saturday to an apartment in Crosby to a physical assault. Officers first made contact with Hoffman and a woman was found in the bathroom. Officers noted she had red marks on her neck and she was crying.

• The woman told officers she and Hoffman had been dating for about three months. They got into an argument that escalated. Hoffman grabbed her by the neck, pushed her onto the couch, then punched her on top of her head and kneed her in the forehead, the complaint said.

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• The argument then moved into the kitchen, where Hoffman threw the woman to the ground and dragged her by her hair into the bedroom where he threw her into a wall. Hoffman grabbed her by her throat with both hands, his thumbs in front, and squeezed until she couldn't breath, the complaint said. Hoffman then told the victim he was going to sexually assault her and was in the process of taking off her pants, when officers knocked on the door. The victim told officers that Hoffman also told her he was going to kill her and throw her in the pits with weights around her so she wouldn't float.

• While Hoffman was being transported to Crow Wing County Jail, he started screaming and banging around in the squad car. He later provided a statement to law enforcement where he denied physically assaulting the woman and also denied threatening to kill her.

Hoffman made his first appearance in front of Judge Richard Zimmerman, who set bail and conditions, which include no alcohol or controlled substances, no contact with the victim and random testing. The judge also set Hoffman's next court hearing for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 20.

The maximum penalty for the terroristic threat charge is five years in prison or $10,000 fine or both. The assault by strangulation charge carries a maximum of three years in prison or a $5,000 fine or both.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 218-855-5851. Follow me at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl on Twitter.

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