A Winona man cut a woman with a razor and choked her during a three-hour fight, police say.
Edward Bradley Swart, 55, is charged with second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault by strangulation, interfering with an emergency call and domestic assault. Swart told police the woman’s injuries were self-inflicted, court records show. He could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
Police noticed the woman had a black eye, a small cut on her forehead, and bruises on her body when they responded June 22 to a Winona apartment. The woman told police she and Swart had an argument the night before, and he punched her face when she tried to leave. During the fight, Swart choked the woman, leaving an inch-long red mark on her neck, court documents state.
Swart told the woman, who has previously attempted suicide, to take her own life and get it over with, before he cut her arm with a straight razor, according to the criminal complaint.
Swart said his two sons saw the entire fight, which lasted until about midnight, but the eldest son, 8, said he and
his brother were inside a bathroom throughout and did not see anything.
The woman was taken to a hospital and was met by her mother, who told police Swart had called her during the fight to give his side of the story, according to the criminal complaint. She could hear her daughter in the background repeatedly yelling to call police.
Medical reports on the woman’s injuries are still pending and could generate additional charges against Swart, Assistant County Attorney Tom Gort told Judge Mary Leahy.
If convicted of second-degree assault, Swart could be sentenced to seven years in prison. He is next scheduled to appear Aug. 6 in Winona County Court before Judge Jeff Thompson. He was released Tuesday from the Winona County jail on $5,000 conditional bail.