SLP man accused of assaulting partner with scissors, razor blade

A Spring Lake Park man spent his 40th birthday in jail after allegedly assaulting an on-again-off-again partner.

Benjamin Paul Adams
Benjamin Paul Adams

Benjamin Paul Adams was arraigned in Anoka County District Court Oct. 23 on five felony charges: kidnapping, second- and third-degree assault, domestic assault and terroristic threats.

On Oct. 21, police responded to the 8400 block of Center Drive NE at 3 a.m. to speak with a 26-year-old woman who had multiple injuries and bruises, including slits on her left wrist.

The woman told police that she was held against her will and assaulted by Adams in his apartment, according to the criminal complaint.

Earlier, Adams was smoking methamphetamine when he accused the woman of sleeping with other men, becoming angrier when he discovered what he thought to be a man’s voice on his partner’s phone, the complaint alleges.

Adams had installed a “spy wear” application on her cell phone so that he could track her communications, the woman alleged.

Adams allegedly began threatening the woman, including telling her he was going to kill her and as he was making threats, he allegedly hit her over the head and on the face with chrome scissors.

Adams cut the woman with a razor blade on her left wrist, telling her that they were both going to die and the story would be on the news, according to the complaint.

He punched her, choked her and kicked her in the back, the complaint alleges.

Initially, the woman did not try to run away because Adams told her he had video cameras monitoring her and she was scared, she allegedly told police.

Eventually, she escaped, running toward Eagle Brook Church, but Adams chased her and tried to drag her back, but she held on to a pole and he left, according to the complaint.

After obtaining a search warrant for Adams’ apartment, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office detectives allegedly found blood on the sheets and floor, as well as several razor blades.

Adams was arrested that same day and charged the following day, Oct. 22, his 40th birthday. Bail was set at $300,000.

In 2011, Adams was convicted of two domestic abuse-related charges, both violations of no contact orders.

His next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 18.

Olivia Koester is at [email protected]

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