A Burnsville man faces multiple felony charges after he allegedly smashed a woman's head against a wall.
Skylar Edmond Labarge, 19, is charged with two counts of felony domestic assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, and assault in the fifth degree, also a felony. He faces a fourth charge for interfering with an emergency call, a gross misdemeanor.
On Feb. 11, the Burnsville Police Department was called to an apartment building on the 1000 block of Burnsville Parkway on report of a domestic assault.
According to the criminal complaint, the suspect had already disappeared by the time officers arrived. Police on scene encountered the victim, who was bleeding from the head as she explained what had happened. The victim said that Labarge had become argumentative and drunk the night before, and that the dispute continued for hours. When two friends came to the bedroom to check on the pair, Labarge forcibly held her back and brusquely told them that everything was fine.
The altercation escalated after the woman began dialing 911 on her cell phone. She said Labarge grabbed the phone and hurled it across the room. The fighting woke up their two-year-old daughter, who appeared in the doorway. Labarge allegedly pushed the child on his way out of the bedroom. When the woman rushed to comfort the girl, Labarge grabbed her and slammed her head against the wall.
One of the witnesses heard the commotion and came into the hall, where he saw the victim crumbled on the ground, bleeding. He told Labarge he needed to leave, and began escorting him out. Labarge responded by punching him in the face. The two tussled until Labarge fled the scene on foot.
Labarge is young, but he already has two convictions for domestic violence on his record, one for violating a no contact order and another for strangling a woman in 2012.