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Manly man accused of breaking into home, strangling woman

Manly man accused of breaking into home, strangling woman


CLEAR LAKE | A Manly man was arrested for breaking into a woman’s home, assaulting her and preventing her from calling police one week after law enforcement told him not to contact her.

Ezekial Nicholas Hodak, 20, is charged with felony first-degree burglary, misdemeanor domestic abuse assault - impeding flow of air/blood, third-degree harassment and obstruction of emergency communications.

At about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday, Hodak allegedly illegally entered a woman’s residence on the 800 block of West 12th Avenue North in Clear Lake.

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While in the home, Hodak sat on top of the woman’s chest and arms before strangling her, court documents said. He is also accused of taking her cell phone and refusing to give it back because she wanted to call the police. 

On Oct. 16, Clear Lake police said Hodak was warned to have "no further contact" with the woman or be on her property at her request.

Hodak messaged and called the woman Monday and Tuesday before he assaulted her, according to the criminal complaint.

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A Cerro Gordo County deputy arrested him on a warrant Thursday in Mason City. 

Hodak is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear Nov. 2 in Cerro Gordo County District Court. 

Conviction of first degree burglary carries a a sentence of up to 25 years in prison. 

A no-contact order was filed Thursday.  

Photos: North Iowa's mugshots of 2018

Contact Courtney at 641-421-0534 or on Twitter @CourtneyFiorini.



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