Physical altercation leads to criminal charges
Brainerd man has past domestic violence convictions.
A 58-year-old Brainerd man faces a felony domestic assault charge after verbal harassment turned into physical assault, court documents stated.
Todd Jerome Pinkston made his first appearance on a felony domestic assault charge Sept. 30 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd.
According to the probable cause court document filed against Pinkston, Brainerd police were called at 9:01 p.m. Sept. 28 to the report of a physical altercation that had occurred at a residence on South 10th Street in Brainerd.
Police made contact with the victim who stated Pinkston, who had been drinking, was sitting at the kitchen table playing solitaire on a tablet and started to verbally harass her, using foul language. The woman stated he grabbed her arm and her adult son told Pinkston he needed to leave the residence. The woman stated Pinkston appeared to be ready to hit her son, and at that time her son knocked him to the ground. Pinkston then went downstairs, grabbed items and left a short time later. The woman stated she was fearful of Pinkston due to past physical abuse. She stated she believed more physical altercations would occur, and she referred to him having a look of "evil" in his eyes, the complaint stated.
While the officer was speaking with the woman, Pinkston entered the residence. Police immediately escorted him out of the residence and removed a bottle of partially consumed vodka from his coat pocket. Pinkston appeared intoxicated and had a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from him. Police reported Pinkston admitted to grabbing the woman earlier that night and was placed under arrest.
According to court documents, Pinkston’s criminal history shows two prior qualified domestic violence-related convictions from 2012 and 2015.
Pinkston was released on bail with conditions to include he cannot enter the victim’s residence, cannot leave the state, cannot use alcohol or controlled substances and must keep all court appearances. His next court appearance is set Oct. 14.