MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An Inver Grove Heights man has been charged in a disturbing domestic abuse incident where a woman was brutally assaulted and locked in her bedroom, according to the Dakota County Attorney’s Office.
Michael Erdos, 23, specifically faces third-degree assault, four counts of terroristic threats and domestic assault by strangulation – all felonies. He also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of domestic assault.
According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched Saturday to talk with a woman regarding a domestic assault. When an officer made contact with the female victim, he noticed she had black eyes and significant swelling of her nose.
The victim told police that she had been choked and threatened by Erdos since he moved into her home in March 2013 and “began using some kind of drug,” the complaint said.
She disclosed that Erdos had also removed the lock from the front door, installed it on her bedroom door and would keep the keys to prevent her from leaving during the night.
The victim reported other “brutal” assault incidents, saying Erdos punched her in the face, threatened to burn her with a blowtorch and threatened to pull her teeth out with pliers, according to the complaint.
While interviewing the victim at her father’s residence, police said they intercepted a call from Erdos to the victim – calling from the jail requesting money.
Erdos was convicted of fifth-degree assault in 2011.