MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been charged with domestic abuse after police say he assaulted a woman and ripped her purse away from her. 

Martin Charles Anderson, 35, was charged with misdemeanor domestic abuse assault -- second offense following an incident in the 200 block of 13th Street Southeast in Mason City.

At about 7:30 p.m. June 27, Anderson allegedly tried to stop a woman from leaving the residence after an argument.

Court documents say he grabbed the woman's face while she was lying down and then her wrists, leaving bruises, red marks and finger imprints. 

The woman was able to leave the residence and go to the Mason City Police Department. She told officers Anderson tried to stop her from leaving and threw her purse into the kitchen, according to court documents. 

Trial information filed by Assistant County Attorney Andrew Olson July 11 says Anderson grabbed the woman, placed his forearm against her throat, tried to pull her into the kitchen and yanked her purse away from her. 

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Anderson allegedly admitted to the argument, touching the woman and trying to stop her from leaving, Mason City police wrote in charging documents. He has a previous conviction for domestic abuse assault from 2010.

Anderson was arrested, booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and released under the supervision of the Department of Correctional Services following a court appearance June 28. 

A no-contact order was issued the same day. Court documents indicate the protected party in the no-contact order requested the order be terminated July 11. 

A judge denied the request, saying in court documents the case had not been pending long enough and any changes "at this point would be premature."

Anderson is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court July 31.

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