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Man charged for breaking woman's jaw

A Dent man is facing a felony assault charge after allegedly breaking a woman's jaw.

Samuel Lee Gilles, 25, pleaded not guilty in Otter Tail County Court to one count of assault in the third degree for causing substantial bodily harm.

According to the criminal complaint, Perham police officers were called to a home on the 500 block of Second Avenue around 4 a.m. on June 24. A woman who answered the door told officers that her friend, a female, had been struck in the face by Gilles. Officers then saw the woman who had been hit; blood was dripping from her mouth, creating a pool of blood on the floor.

Another witness told officers that Gilles struck the woman, causing her to fall backwards on the floor. Witnesses also said that Gilles had kicked another man during the altercation.

Officers later pulled over a vehicle in Dent; Gilles was a passenger.

Gilles allegedly told officers that he was in a fight, but that he did not hit anyone.

The woman who was hit in the face was taken to Perham Memorial Hospital. She was then transported to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo and was diagnosed with a fractured jaw.

Gilles is scheduled to appear before a jury on Sept. 20.