by Jim Boyle
Jeffrey Jon Kurowski, a 51-year-old Elk River man, has been charged with one count of domestic assault by strangulation in Sherburne County 10th District Court.
Elk River Police were called to Kurowski’s home at about 6:22 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, on a report that he had allegedly assaulted his wife.
Jodell Kurowski told police that the two had gotten into an argument where the defendant threw his orange juice on her. She also said that she grabbed her husband’s shirt and ripped it, according to the court complaint.
The defendant then reportedly pushed his body against hers and put his forearm under her neck and choked her, the complaint said.
The victim told police her breathing was restricted, and she had marks on her neck consistent with being choked.
Out of fear, she called for her son, Joel Kurowski, who was downstairs in the residence. When he came up, his mother asked him to call 911, the report said.
The defendant then reportedly swung with a closed fist at Joel, who struck back with a closed fist and knocked Jeffrey to the floor, putting an end to the assault.
Upon the arrival of Elk River Police, the suspect was located semi-conscious on the floor. Joel provided first aid until the officers took over, according to the police report.
If convicted, Kurowski reportedly faces three years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine for the assault by strangulation of a family or household member.
He has a court date set for Feb. 9.