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MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been charged with domestic abuse after police say he assaulted a woman and prevented her from calling 911. 

Manuel Munoz Hernandez, 27, was charged with misdemeanor domestic abuse assault causing injury or mental illness -- first offense and obstruction of emergency communications.

At about 10 p.m. June 15, Hernandez and the woman were in a verbal argument about the woman having another man at an apartment in the 1400 block of North Federal Avenue, court documents said.

The argument escalated and the woman began to fear for her safety, Mason City police wrote in charging documents. 

 She allegedly attempted to call 911 while running around a car to keep away from Hernandez, court documents said. She then slipped and fell.

Hernandez then stood over the woman, attempting to take away her cell phone to prevent her from calling 911, court documents said. The woman had multiple cuts and scratches to her leg as a result of the struggle.

The woman also told police Hernandez allegedly strangled her to the point of almost losing consciousness in another incident a month ago, according to charging documents. 

A statewide warrant for his arrest was issued June 21. Hernandez was arrested by Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office June 22, booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and released on his own recognizance after his initial court appearance.

A no-contact order issued the same day. Hernandez is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court July 6.

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

 

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