Warrant issued for man charged

Contributing Writer

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Coon Rapids man who has been charged in Anoka County with felony domestic assault for an incident Sept. 2.

The Anoka County Attorney’s Office filed the criminal complaint Sept. 6 charging David James Armstrong, 28, not only with the felony but also gross misdemeanor interference with a 911 emergency call.

The court issued the arrest warrant because Armstrong fled the scene and his whereabouts are unknown.

According to the complaint, Coon Rapids Police responded to a home on Dahlia Street the late afternoon of Sept. 2 where a man, 55, who is Armstrong’s uncle, reported he had been assaulted by his nephew following an argument over laundry, according to the complaint.

Armstrong allegedly became angry, swore at and threatened his uncle and when he went upstairs to call police, Armstrong allegedly threatened to beat him up and send him to the hospital.

The victim alleged that Armstrong punched him in the head three or four times so he could not call 911, then when he was able to make the call, Armstrong allegedly punched him in the head and face again, bit his left thumb, then grabbed the phone, ran downstairs, breaking antiques and left the house.

Police saw that the victim had two cuts on his left thumb, dried blood on his nose, blood coming from his left cheek, a scratch and abrasion on his back and a knot on his forehead, according to the complaint.

A witness who had been outside the residence came inside after hearing a commotion and alleged he saw Armstrong throw items at the wall.

The domestic assault charge is a felony because Armstrong has a least two prior domestic violence-related convictions in the past 10 years; three, in fact.

He was convicted of fifth-degree misdemeanor assault in Goodhue County in 2011, gross misdemeanor assault in Hennepin County in 2014 and felony violation of a no contact order in Anoka County in March this year for which he was put on probation for five years and an 18-month prison sentence was stayed.

Following a probation violation on that felony conviction, the court reinstated Armstrong’s probation at a July 3 amended sentencing hearing and jailed him for 45 days. A condition of his probation is anger management, according to court records.

Court records also show that Armstrong was convicted in Hennepin County District Court in 2016 on a felony financial transaction card fraud charge, had a one year and one day prison term stayed and was put on probation for three years.

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