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Perham man arrested on domestic assault charges

A 50-year-old Perham man was arrested on Christmas day on felony domestic assault charges.

John Lee Boomgaarden is behind bars in Fergus Falls after allegedly assaulting his wife over the holiday weekend.

Police spent both Christmas Eve and day at the Boomgaarden residence.

On Christmas Eve, officers were dispatched to 242 Pine Cone Park after a report of a person trying to break into a trailer house with a shovel, according to a criminal complaint filed in Otter Tail County.

Police heard swearing and crashing coming from the trailer. However, the noise inside wasn't coming from a burglar. It was Boomgaarden, the owner, according to the criminal complaint.

Boomgaarden demanded the officer leave the property.

After Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene to assist, Boomgaarden's wife arrived and told police she and her husband were at the bar and he was drunk, according to the complaint.

Boomgaarden's wife told police she had been hit by her husband in the past. He eventually calmed down, according to the complaint, and officers left the scene after making sure Boomgaarden's wife had a safe place to stay.

That wasn't the last police would see of the couple before the holiday weekend was out.

At about 8:45 a.m. the next morning, police were dispatched to the residence again after reports of a verbal dispute coming from the residence.

"[The victim] explained that she had gone into the bedroom in the front of the house to grab a television, and the defendant grabbed her by the arms," according to the complaint.

Boomgaarden allegedly "grabbed ahold of her bicep with his hands firmly and shook her," according to the complaint.

Boomgaarden was arrested and "became hysterical," according to the report.

This isn't the first time Boomgaarden has been arrested for domestic assault.

The victim told police she and Boomgaarden have been married for eight years with a past pattern of domestic abuse.

Police reviewed his criminal record and found domestic assault convictions in Dakota County in 1999, Otter Tail County in 2002 and Anoka County in 2003.

If convicted, Boomgaarden faces a penalty of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.