A Belle Plaine man is facing a felony count of domestic assault by strangulation and a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault, following his arrest on Friday, April 5.
The man, identified as Cody James Martens, 28, allegedly put his hands around his girlfriend’s neck amid an altercation that followed the girlfriend’s return home from a doctor’s visit for the couple’s son on April 1, according to the victim’s report outlined in the criminal complaint.
The victim also noted that Martens threatened her with a charging cord after he choked her three separate times while standing in the entryway.
In his statement to law enforcement, Martens stated that the victim began yelling at him upon her return home from their son’s doctor appointment. The situation began to escalate and resulted in the victim punching him in the ribs before he shoved her onto a futon.
Martens also denied squeezing the victim’s neck but admitted to holding her neck once.
Both parties stated that after the incident Martens called his parents to pick up the victim, who took her and their two children to her mother’s house in Coon Rapids, where they are currently staying.
Martens was apprehended by Chaska Police April 5 and turned over to the Belle Plaine Police Department.
Martens is currently in the Scott County Jail. If convicted for both charges, Martens faces up to over three years in prison and up to a $6000 penalty.