CLEAR LAKE | A North Iowa man is accused of assaulting and strangling a known woman in Clear Lake in September.

Nicholas Dean Freitag, 35, Clear Lake, was arrested in Mason City Thursday morning and taken to Cerro Gordo County Jail.

On Sept. 12, Freitag allegedly committed felony domestic assault strangulation and misdemeanor obstruction of emergency communications by assaulting a known woman on the 1700 block of South Shore Drive.

Freitag struck the woman multiple times in the head, rendering her unconscious for several seconds, according to court documents.

He then attempted to strangle her by pinning her on the bed, placing his hands around her throat and restricting her airway, making it difficult for her to breathe, the criminal complaint said.

Shortly after midnight on Sept. 12, Freitag allegedly interfered with an emergency call during the assault.

“Freitag physically prevented the victim from making an emergency call on her cell phone and assaulted her while she was trying to get her phone out to call,” the criminal complaint said.

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According to court documents, Freitag eventually took her phone away and left the scene with it.

He is held for $300 for those charges.

Freitag is also wanted for failure to appear for a probation revocation hearing Sept. 25 in Humboldt County. 

The probation is in place for a 2015 charge of interference with a corrections officer, where he was granted a two-year suspended prison sentence.

He is being held on $5,000 bond in relation to the Humboldt warrant. 

No court date has been set. 

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