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Man charged with strangling girlfriend makes first court appearance

WILLMAR -- A Buffalo man, charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, made his first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

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WILLMAR - A Buffalo man, charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation, made his first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Jaime Cisneros-Pizarro, Jr., 25, allegedly choked and threatened his girlfriend back in July in Willmar. In addition to the felony domestic assault, Cisneros-Pizarro was also charged with a felony count of threats of violence and misdemeanor domestic assault.

According to the statement of probable cause, law enforcement was called to a residence in Willmar on July 18. The caller reported hearing yelling and screaming coming from the downstairs neighbors. However, when the officers arrived two females in the home and Cisneros-Pizarro said everything was fine and nothing had happened. Officers did report that one of the women, the defendant's girlfriend, appeared frightened and hesitant to speak as long as Cisneros-Pizarro was in the room. But, when the women were taken to a seperate room she still wouldn't disclose what happened.

The second woman said she was a friend and had been over to babysit a child and said she hadn't heard or seen anything.

On Sept. 5 the same two women came to the Law Enforcement Center in Willmar, wanting to report the alleged assault, court documents reported.

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According to the records the woman who had been the defendant's girlfriend said Cisneros-Pizarro had gotten angry with her and dragged her by her hair from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom. He then allegedly threw her up against a wall and began to choke her. The woman said she was very frightened and believed Cisneros-Pizarro was going to kill her. She was able to break Cisneros-Pizarro's hold from her neck and said she was going to leave him. He then allegedly threw her on to the bed.

At that point the second woman came into the room. According to report Cisneros-Pizarro told her to leave or he'd kill her.

The first woman also told law enforcement that when the officers arrived at the apartment that night, Cisneros-Pizarro hid a black handgun underneath the bed, court document said.

The woman told officers she didn't disclose what happened at first because she was afraid, though she did take pictures of her bruises a few days after the alleged assault took place.

Court documents also show Cisneros-Pizarro has active warrants for possessing ammunition or firearms by an ineligible person, check forgery and aiding and abetting second-degree drug sale.

Cisneros-Pizarro's next court date is Feb. 21, 2018, for an omnibus hearing.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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