Woman faces felony threats of violence charge

NEW ULM — Charges of felony threats of violence, misdemeanor domestic assault and fifth-degree assault were filed in Brown County District Court Monday against a 38-year-old New Ulm woman after a Nov. 9 physical altercation with a man was reported to local law enforcement.

Shannon M. Minto, reported to be living at the Affordable New Ulm Motel, 1427 S. Broadway, was booked into the Brown County Jail at 1:07 a.m. Nov. 10 after allegedly threatening to kill a man and burn his house down, according to court documents.

A Brown County Sheriff’s deputy met with a man who wanted to report an assault Nov. 9. He told police he got into an argument with Minto that escalated to a physical altercation at his home in New Ulm. The man said he bailed Minto out of jail and told her she could stay at his residence for the time being.

The man said Minto got upset because she is an addict. He said she saw orange earplugs that she believed resembled a syringe cap and it triggered her. He said he wanted her removed from his residence. The man said Minto yelled at him. He tried to leave the room and she blocked a doorway and drew her arm and fist back like she was going to hit him.

The man said Minto hit him on the left cheek with her hand, then with her fist. She later grabbed his neck and chopped him across the front of his neck. The man said visible scratch marks on the back of his neck were from Minto.

The man said he was hit on the right side of his face, then everything got black and white for a split second. He said Minto threatened to kill him, saying he’s not going to wake up and she would burn his house down.

The man appeared to have redness and swelling on both cheeks. He said he has known Minto since August.

Two deputies went to the residence, and Minto agreed to let them in but said nothing happened that night between her and the man. A deputy told her she was under arrest for domestic assault and threats of violence and she was handcuffed.

Minto said she had an altercation with the man and asked that he be put in jail. Minto said the man threw her to the ground and grabbed her neck.

En route to jail, Minto said she was not feeling safe and wanted to hurt herself. A deputy drove her to the New Ulm Medical Center emergency room for suicidal thoughts.

At about 1 a.m., Nov. 10, Minto was transported to the Brown County Jail.

Her bail was set at $30,000 without conditions or $15,000 with conditions Monday.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.


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