A Minnesota woman says she was assaulted for wearing an American flag shirt.
On October 2, officers from the Mankato Public Safety Department were called to an apartment after receiving a 911 call involving a screaming woman.
According to a police report, when officers arrived at the apartment complex, they found the woman to be “soaked” and “nosebleed”, with a swollen face. Officers also found there was broken plastic on the kitchen floor in addition to “several cellphones with cracked screens”.
The woman told officers that Paul Peter Jal attacked her after he became “angry” that she was wearing a shirt with the American flag.
Jal had previously been charged with running away from a police officer in 2021.
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The woman told police that Jal “grabbed her neck and restricted her airways”, in addition to hitting her.
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The woman also said that at one point Jal attacked her with a towel rack ripped from the wall, threatening to kill her, officials said.
Police said when the woman called 911, Jal “took the phone and broke it.
Another victim told police he was sleeping when he woke up to the two arguing and told officers he heard Jal threatening to kill the woman.
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The victim found her phone, which the woman used to call 911, broken.
Jal is charged with 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, 3rd degree assault, threats of violence, property damage and interrupting emergency phone calls.