Felony charge in Farmington domestic assault

Farmington police responded to a physical domestic assault Wednesday, June 12, when a victim reported her boyfriend had attacked her at her residence while he was intoxicated.

Sammie Lee Towns, 28, of Minneapolis, was charged with domestic assault by strangulation, which is a felony that has a maximum sentence of up to three years and $5,000.

The victim told police that Towns pushed her against the wall and choked when she would not quiet down, according to the criminal complaint. The victim managed to grab a butcher knife and raise it at Towns neck to get him to let go.

She told Towns to pack his things, the criminal complaint said, but he again became upset and placed her in a “sleeper” hold until she could not breathe. When she raised the knife to his neck, he let go again.

Towns was convicted of assault in Anoka County in 2007.