Anoka man charged with assault

Published 11:08 am Saturday, December 8, 2018

John Tyler Shultz, 32, of Anoka was charged on Friday in Mower County District Court with felony domestic assault.

According to the court complaint, a deputy met with a woman on Nov. 25 at her apartment in rural Austin. She reported that Shultz assaulted her at her residence on Nov. 20.

The alleged victim said she met Shultz on a dating website and that he came over the night of Nov. 19 to spend the night. The next morning, she noticed he was using “FaceTime” on his phone to talk to another woman. When she confronted him, he ended the conversation and said he intended to “break up” with the other woman after he left her house, but wanted to have sex first. When she refused, she said Shultz became “pushy,” so she went to her bedroom to get away from him.

John Tyler Shultz, 32

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She then said Shultz followed her into the bedroom, pulled down her pants and pushed her onto the bed, the complaint states.

She said she told him “no” and kicked him as he took his pants off, knocking him into the wall and closet door. She went toward the living room to call for help, at which point she said Shultz punched her in the back of the head, knocking her down and causing her face to strike the floor. She then said Shultz slammed her head repeatedly onto the floor, causing her to go “in and out of consciousness.”

During the assault, the woman’s four-year-old child was in the bedroom and yelled, “Leave my mom alone,” the complaint states. She said Shultz stopped slamming her head and yelled at the child, at which point she kicked him in the groin. The last thing she remembered was Shultz driving away.

The deputy noticed an injury on the alleged victim’s forehead as well as a scratch on her neck and a bruise on her thigh, the complaint states. She sought medical attention after complaining of continuing headaches; a doctor at Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin categorized her injuries as “bodily harm.”

The deputy spoke to Shultz over the phone on Nov. 26, the complaint states. Shultz acknowledged he had been at the alleged victim’s residence on Nov. 19 and 20, but told the deputy he “shouldn’t say too much.” When asked what happened, Shultz said it went well, but he met another girl in Owatonna named “Amanda” that he ended up dating, which made the alleged victim “pretty mad.” He also described her as “extremely jealous” and “extremely angry.” When asked if there was a confrontation between them, Shultz denied it, saying he had been to prison “a couple of times” and “that’s why I didn’t stay with her, high risk, red flag (sic).”

The complaint states Shultz called the Mower County Law Enforcement Center later that day and indicated the alleged victim sent a picture of her bruised face via text message. He claimed she said an ex-boyfriend did it to her, but said he had deleted the photo when the deputy asked him to send it. He also said “Amanda” had received numerous text messages from the alleged victim.

A review of Shultz’s criminal record shows prior convictions for domestic assault, stalking and terroristic threats.

Shultz will appear in court again on Dec. 20.