Charges: St. Paul Man Slashed Victim In Front Of Her Kids

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 22-year-old St. Paul man faces charges of domestic abuse after he allegedly slashed his girlfriend’s leg with a knife in front of their 1-year-old son.

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Leon Antonio Kirk with one count of felony domestic assault and one count of theft, according to charges filed Friday. If convicted of both charges, Kirk could serve up to 10 years in prison and/or have to pay a fine of up to $20,000.

The charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred on March 5, according to a criminal complaint. On that evening, shortly after 7 p.m., the victim called 911 from her home on Charles Avenue in St. Paul. The victim told police that Kirk attacked her and cut her leg with a knife before her two young children – one of which Kirk fathered.

The victim said Kirk entered her home, took her phone and began to argue with her about what was on her phone and Facebook. The victim said she demanded her phone back, at which point Kirk began to scream at her, the complaint said.

Watching this scene made the couple’s son scream, “No!”

Just when the victim turned her back, Kirk bear-hugged her from behind. He wrapped the victim so tightly that she could not get away. The victim told Kirk to leave, and said she’d get a restraining order against him.

“That’s gonna make problems worser,” Kirk said, according to the complaint. “I’m gonna make your kids lose everything.”

Still holding her, Kirk bent the victim into a crouching position in the hallway, and became quiet. He then released the victim and fled the home, still possessing the victim’s phone.

Only after Kirk left did the victim realize she’d been cut, the complaint said. The victim thought the wound was the product of a small kitchen knife with a black handle. However, no such weapon was found.

Kirk is scheduled to make his first appearance in court Friday afternoon.

The victim said she had dated Kirk for eight or nine years and that their relationship was punctuated by physical abuse, which often took place before her children. In February, the victim said Kirk head-butted her, giving her two black eyes. Since that episode, she said she’s been strangled, which resulted in subsequent feelings of fear and even anxiety attacks. She also said Kirk threatened to hurt her if she called police.

The victim also said that when she was pregnant with Kirk’s child, he would assault her daily. These assaults allegedly occurred before Kirk served 18 months in prison.

Kirk has a history of domestic abuse charges, all of which stem from 2010. During that year, he plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of domestic assault, one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation, one felony count of violating a protection order, and two felony counts of violating a no contact order.

Kirk served 19 months in prison as a result of the felony strangulation charge.

John Choi, the Ramsey County Attorney, said his office will aggressively pursue Kirk’s case.

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  • Uncle Rico

    What a strange life, if you can call it that.

  • bob jones

    the reporter says a one year old was witness “his girlfriend’s leg with a knife in front of their 1-year-old son.” than she adds another child “The victim told police that Kirk attacked her and cut her leg with a knife before her two young children” how does she get kids mixed up with one year old child???????????????????

  • See BS

    Sounds like a Kindergarten squabble, and now the State of Minnesota is going to spend a boat-load of money “Taking sides”

  • felice

    He’s 22yrs old & had 8 or 9 yr relaltionship with her? She still managed to have another kid by someone else. She lets her kids see all this violence. She needs to spend more time with them than thinking “any man is better than no man.” Lousy mother too.

  • Cheers

    Hard to gather she is a lousy mother there felice – sounds to me like she protects her kids as best she knows.
    If you want to say she has issues herself, maybe should not as had #2, etc I’m with ya.
    But to slap a lousy mother tag is a bit premature and frankly maybe keep ypor flapper shut. ;-)

  • Kyle

    wouln’t be casting no stones as you not in the shoes she’s wearin’
    sounds like a bad dude, one that should be buried in a hole. she prolly fears for her life and it is not that easy to ‘run and hide” as you think it is

  • Taxpayer

    Any surprise she’s an unwed mother who also now will be a single mother. I can imagine who is going to be paying for her and her kids now. The hilarity is that this is the norm rather then the exception to this community of people.

    • Ash

      They are holding a violence party in N Minneapolis today because they want more free money. NOPE.

  • Just Wondering

    Can abortions be done retroactively?

  • toad

    the reason why violent crimes are perputrated is because the offenders know that the state of minnesota will plea bargain to a 60 day jail sentence.if this was texas or california they will recieve 15 years to life for violent crimes against a victim.Must be minnesota nice,the court system.

  • SaintPaulPaul

    Trash begets trash begets trash. Note to “victim” : Even though the “Man” (i.e. the government, and ultimately, taxpayers who decided to actually work and be a part of a Democratic society) holds your hand, gives you a subsidized place to live, offers you free “career” counseling as well as health and food benefits, you still can’t see the forest for the trees in your decisions to procreate and hang out with so-called humans like the boy”friend” that treats you so nicely.

    Do yourself a favor and get a GED, some counseling, and a protection order.
    P.S. I’m thinking that your so-called “soul mate” of 9 years has the potential for a career in, say , defusing IED’s in Afghanistan. Of course, that would be “work”.

    ( saireer usually amounts to dropping unwanted, unappreciated children from your freely accessed womb) , gives you food assistance

    free food, free daycare and free legal representation
    , you can’t seem to live like civilized humans. Take these “baby-daddies” and put them to good use over in Afghanistan to defuse IED’s….since they don’t know the definition of GED.

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