ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A 26-year-old St. Paul man is accused of assaulting and threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend and her kids while her children were home, according to charges filed Friday in Ramsey County Court.
Sean Isaac Clark was charged with second-degree assault, felony domestic assault, four counts of terroristic threats and fourth-degree assault and domestic assault by strangulation in connection with the incident, which happened Thursday.
According to a criminal complaint, St. Paul Police responded to a call from a neighbor reporting an assault inside the victim’s apartment at about 11:30 p.m. on Klainert Street. When authorities arrived, officers heard screaming and begging for someone to call 911 and children were crying. When they opened the door, the victim told police “He is trying to kill me and my kids.”
Clark, the man in question, came to the apartment to get some of his things after the woman ended their relationship, according to the complaint. He kicked in the door, assaulted and strangled the woman in front of her kids. The victim had bruises and scratches on her face and neck, abrasions and blood on her face and her nose was swollen. The injuries were consistent with being strangled.
The complaint states Clark also spat at and attempted head-butt one of the officers at the scene after he detained Clark outside the apartment. Police also documented that one of the kids told them Clark threatened to kill them.
One of the kids told police Clark was going to kill the victim with a knife. Clark also used a frying pan to assault the woman, the complaint states.
The woman told police she ended her relationship with Clark after about seven months because of his abusiveness.
Clark has four previous assault convictions on his criminal record going back to 2002 in Washington County. If he’s convicted on all eight charges, Clark faces up 38 years in prison and fines up to $75,000 in fines.