A 36-year-old Minneapolis man was arrested on July 8 after telling police he had kicked open the door to his 52-year-old girlfriend’s apartment.
The couple had been dating for two-and-a-half years and, after her boyfriend allegedly assaulted her, the woman had taken out a protection order, which she later had dismissed.
On the morning of July 8, the woman told her boyfriend he couldn’t stay alone in her apartment on the 300 block of Shelard Parkway. He complied, leaving with her for her job at the downtown Target headquarters, she told police, but he swore at her, complaining that the weather was too hot to leave the house.
After she finished work, they returned to her apartment, where she told him she wanted to break up and that he would need to leave the next day.
At that point, she told police, he became enraged, yelling and swearing before kicking the apartment door, leaving a distinct boot mark.
He then left the apartment, at which point his girlfriend locked the door.
But shortly afterward she heard a crash, she told police, and looked up to see the door in splinters and her boyfriend standing in the wreckage.
“I didn’t mean to do that,” he said.
After taking a shower, she went for a walk and called Hennepin County crisis services, who called police.
The woman told police she was afraid of her boyfriend, who has post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury from his military service.Once her boyfriend was handcuffed, he told police “many times” that he would kill himself as soon as he was released from jail.