by NATHANIEL NELSON
A 39-year-old Winona man was charged with multiple felony offenses following an alleged domestic assault on May 14, according to the Winona Police Department, Ryan Robert McCaffrey, 39, of Winona, was charged in Winona County District Court with making threats of violence, domestic assault by strangulation, domestic assault causing fear, and domestic assault causing harm –– two of which are felonies.
According to the criminal complaint, an officer spoke with a woman about McCaffrey taking the keys to the woman’s van and home, and she reportedly said, “What if he hurts me again?”
The officer then met with the woman, who recounted an incident that allegedly occurred on May 14. McCaffrey allegedly threw the woman from a van, causing her to bruise her arm, and then grabbed her by the neck. He allegedly accused the woman of “lying” and yelled “I’m going to kill you” along with multiple profanities. The strangulation lasted around five seconds, the woman said.
The woman went on to say that McCaffrey was trying to scare her, and if he was trying to kill her, “he would have done it harder.”
She then reportedly said that in the last two years, McCaffrey has choked her around 10 times, and in one incident that allegedly occurred in Texas, she could not breath and thought she was going to die.
According to the report, the officer saw a bruise the size of a tennis ball on the victim. When McCaffrey was asked about the bruise, he reportedly told police, “I have no idea; she bruises easily.”
If convicted, McCaffrey faces up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.