MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A South St. Paul man told investigators that he “may have slapped some sense” into his sister last week after he allegedly choked her, held her down and admittedly hit her, court documents say.

The incident happened last Tuesday at a home on 1st Avenue South, a criminal complaint says. Officers responded to the scene after the sister called them, saying her brother, 22-year-old John Deshawn Evans, assaulted her after she threw a video game controller at him.

The sister told officers that the controller didn’t hit Evans, but the act made him angry. She said he repeatedly told her “I want to f—ing kill you” and grabbed her by the throat.

She said her brother pushed her into the wall, and then the struggle went to the floor, where Evans allegedly pushed his forearms into his sister’s neck and held her down.

The sister said she was afraid she’d never see her son again and then she told her brother she couldn’t breathe. After that, her brother let up.

Faint red marks were seen on the sister’s neck, the criminal complaint said.

In a statement, Evans told police that he did go after his sister, grabbed her by the throat and slammed her into the wall. He said they wrestled for a minutes until his sister said she couldn’t breathe. He then said he slapped her, adding that he may have slapped some sense into her.

Evans is charged with one count of assault by strangulation, a felony. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of 3 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Evans is currently in custody.


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