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A Belle Plaine man is facing three-felony level charges after an incident with an ex-girlfriend in Belle Plaine on Tuesday, August 17.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim was taken to the police department by a witness downtown on his way to Johan's Bar, who saw her following the incident which occurred around 5 p.m.

When the victim arrived at the police department, she was physically shaking and crying, according to the complaint.

She told an officer that 37-year-old Philip Loren Griep saw her waiting outside an apartment for a friend and asked her to talk, then grabbed her by the hair, dragged her upstairs, and threatened to kill her.

She said she lost consciousness for a short period of time and appeared to have marks and redness on her neck along with a bruise on the left side of her neck, according to the complaint.

Griep was located and arrested.  Officers then drafted a search warrant for his apartment and found a large yellow envelope containing aluminum foil with a burnt substance on it, a broken white pen tube, and a zip lock baggie with residue and a sports bra with trace amounts of methamphetamine.

Griep is facing felony-level charges for Domestic Assault by Strangulation (maximum sentence of 3 years and/or $5,000); Terroristic Threats - Reckless Disregard of Risk (maximum sentence of 5 years and/or a $10,000 fine); and Fifth Degree Controlled Substance - Possess Schedule 1,2,3,4 - Not Small Amount Marijuana (maximum sentence of 5 years and/or $10,000 fine).

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