A Mason City man was arrested after police say he broke into a woman’s home, injured her, stole her cell phone and prevented her from calling 911.

Joshua James Rinnels, 33, was charged with felony first degree burglary, misdemeanor domestic abuse assault causing injury - first offense and obstruction of emergency communications.

At about 12:44 a.m. Sunday, police say Rinnels forced his way through the front door of a woman’s residence located on the 600 block of South President Avenue.

Rinnels pushed the woman onto the ground and then pushed/threw her outside where he slammed her head against a tree that was located in the front yard, causing a large abrasion on her forehead, a swollen thumb on her right hand and a cut on her left shoulder and ankle, according to court documents.

He also stole her cell phone as she attempted to call 911 for help, Mason City Police said in the criminal complaint.

Rinnels was arrested and booked in Cerro Gordo County Jail where he is held without bond until he is seen by a judge.

No court date has been set.

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