Man Charged with Strangling St. Louis Park Woman Over Text Message

Police say Karl Alexander Coombs became upset over a text message and choked the woman twice in front of her 4-year-old son.

A Minneapolis man has been charged with strangling a St. Louis Park woman after he became enraged over a text message.

Karl Alexander Coombs, 25, is charged with domestic assault by strangulation, a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

St. Louis Park police were called to a home on Pennsylvania Avenue South on Dec. 23 to investigate a disturbance, according to the criminal complaint, signed by St. Louis Park Police Lt. Michael Harcey.

Officers found the victim visibly upset and in tears. She said she and Coombs, whom she described as her boyfriend, had argued over a text message, and Coombs pushed her down, causing her to fall backward onto a table in her 4-year-old son’s bedroom.

Coombs then put his hand over her mouth and nose, holding it there and cutting off her ability to breathe, the woman told police. She escaped and made her way into the living room, but Coombs followed her and pushed her onto the couch, then put both his hands around her throat and squeezed, according to the complaint.

The woman’s son was present during the assault.

Coombs was arrested, and later admitted to police that he pushed the woman down and choked her to get her to stop screaming, according to the complaint.

Coombs has been released from custody on a $40,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Jan. 18 in Hennepin County District Court.

Fabuladico January 07, 2013 at 08:35 PM
Why was he not charged with attempted murder? He was obviously trying to do just that. If the cops hadn't come that woman would be dead. In addition to jail time this jerk also is in serious need of a shrink. Hopefully the woman won't go back to him, as is often the case.
Tina January 15, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Because, putting your hands around someone's neck & squeezing does not do enough Injury to the body (unless you do not let go, that is) to prove they attempted to murder that person. And the police can not prove that their intent was to keep squeezing. I know this because when I was young & dumb, my loser boyfriend did the same thing to me. The police told me it was just assault. You could of fooled me. I sure felt like I was going to die & he later told me where he planned to bury my body. The laws need to change so these dirt bag guys (& sometimes girls, I guess) actually are punished for their failed attempt at murder before they succeed. When someone puts their hands around someone's neck, it's not the same as slapping their face.


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