Assault suspect in three cases pleads not guilty to newest charges

Published 5:05pm Saturday, March 9, 2013

A suspect in multiple assault cases has pleaded not guilty to choking a woman and taking her cell phone.

Dean Allen Thordor, 38, of Austin, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Mower County Court to felony terroristic threats and domestic assault by strangulation. He also faces gross misdemeanor charges for domestic assault and interfering with a 911 call.

The victim said Thordor choked her several times, which almost caused her to black out, and she thought she was going to die, according to the court complaint. Thordor took the victim’s phone, according to the report; however, the victim was able to contact police later on an old cell phone. The victim said Thordor left the scene. He was arrested a day later at the law enforcement center.

Thordor still faces charges from April 2012 from which he allegedly assaulted a 17-month-old and 4-year-old girl, as well.

According to the court complaint, the girls’ mother said the children don’t like Thordor, and they often cry when they are alone with him. The 4-year-old has said Thordor hits both her and her sister, as well.

Thordor has a hearing set for June 7.


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