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St. Louis Park Man Charged with Threatening, Strangling Woman

Police say Michael Duff McNamara became angry when the victim wouldn't give him his car keys, threatened her with a knife and strangled her.

A St. Louis Park man has been charged with threatening to kill a woman and her children and strangling her to the point where she was unable to breathe.

Michael Duff McNamara, 57, is charged with two felonies: making terroristic threats, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, and domestic assault by strangulation, which has a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, signed by St. Louis Park Police Officer Aaron Balvin, officers responded to a reported domestic assault in the 3900 block of Randall Avenue on Sept. 9.

When they arrived, the victim told them that McNamara had been drinking and had asked her for the car keys. She said she was unwilling to give them to him because of his intoxication, and he became agitated and began stabbing cans of beer with a knife.

McNamara then began to walk toward the victim, holding the knife with the blade pointed up, she said. She walked backward, fearful that he would stab her, and he stopped 4 feet in front of her and began to scream at her, the complaint says.

The victim went into a bedroom to hide the car keys, but McNamara followed her, pushed her up against a wall, then onto a desk and to the floor, she said. He got on top of the victim and pushed on the front of her throat with his forearm, cutting off her breath for about 10 seconds, she told police.

When the victim was able to get to her feet, McNamara pushed her down again and squeezed her throat, again cutting off her breath, according to the complaint. McNamara yelled at the victim, “You’re done! I’ll find you and kill you! I’ll strangle your kids!,” the victim said, then he fled.

McNamara has been released from custody on a $30,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Oct. 10 in Hennepin County District Court.

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