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Man in court for choking female
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

A Waubun man made his first appearance Thursday in Becker County District Court on a felony domestic assault charge.

Melvin Eugene Brown, 34, of 28807 County Road 112, Waubun, is accused of assaulting a juvenile female relative at a Becker County residence on Dec. 31.

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According to the criminal complaint, a witness said that she had seen the defendant pick up the girl by her neck with both hands; the girl's mother also reported that the girl had sent a text to her saying that Brown had tried to choke her. The alleged victim also said that Brown had threatened to kill her animals in front of her, and to kill her when she turned 18.

Brown has two prior convictions for domestic assault and one prior conviction for terroristic threats on his record.

He is currently in custody at the Becker County Jail pending his next court appearance, at a Jan. 14 Rule 8 hearing.

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