Man Charged with Strangling and Beating Rosemount Woman
Starting as an argument about a Rosemount woman’s new boyfriend, a Chisago City man is now facing charges of strangling and beating her.
Samual Bennett Achman, 35, has been charged with two felony domestic assault counts. Each count carries a $10,000 fine and a maximum of five years in prison if convicted. In addition, he is charged with domestic assault by strangulation, which warrants a 45,000 fine and three years in prison if convicted. The last charge is criminal damage to property in the fourth-degree, which, if he is convicted, has a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail.
The criminal complaint states that Rosemount police were called to investigate a possible domestic assault on September 8th on Upper 149th Street West just after noon. When they arrived, they were greeted by the victim who told them that her ex-boyfriend had assaulted her in her car and had thrown her on the bed in her home, choking her until he restricted airflow.
The woman had told police that she had dated Achman for nearly a year and broke up two months prior to the alleged assault. She said that Achman wanted to speak to her about a man she was dating, so they went to talk at a restaurant.
The woman said that Achman became irate during their conversation and refused to eat his food. When they left, he was very angry and, with Achman driving, he allegedly grabbed the victim by the hair and slammed her head against the car’s passenger side window. The complaint further states that he proceeded to hit her in the head and face and threatened to beat her in an open field.
Upon returning to her home, she said in the complaint that Achman followed her into the house and continued to hit her in the stomach and head. She told police she tried to defend herself, scratching his neck, but he then threw objects at her before violently throwing her onto the bed. This is where he squeezed her throat so tightly she could not breathe, therefore she could not scream. When Achman finally let go, he left and keyed her car once he was outside.
Police were able to find and arrest Achman. He admitted that he had had an argument with the victim, but he denied that he physically harmed her.
It was found that Achman has a criminal history that includes a domestic assault conviction in 2009, a harassment conviction in 2010, and a conviction for failure to register as a predatory offender in 2010. On September 11, Hennepin County issued a warrant for his arrest stemming from a probation violation on a fifth-degree felony assault conviction from 2010.
As of September 17, Achman was still housed in the Dakota County Jail on a bond of $100,000 and his omnibus hearing is not taking place until October 9.
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