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Forum staff reports, Published July 30 2012

Argusville man accused of strangling girlfriend

GEORGETOWN, Minn. – An Argusville, N.D., man with a history of assault and domestic violence charges has a warrant out for his arrest after he allegedly strangulated and assaulted his girlfriend in a cornfield north of here late last week, according to charges filed in Clay County District Court.

Police are looking for Peter William Ihnken, 33, after he allegedly ripped the clothes off his girlfriend and assaulted her in a cornfield around 1 a.m. Friday morning after an evening in a Georgetown bar, the charges filed Monday allege.

A Clay County deputy was called out to a home north of here early Friday morning after a resident reported hearing strange noises and shouting coming from a field near the house, the charges read.

After the deputy called into the field using a loudspeaker, the alleged victim appeared, wearing no shoes or shirt and with a bloody face and swollen lip, the charges read. She also had a thumb-sized bruise on her neck, authorities say.

The woman said she has been dating Ihnken for six years.

Law enforcement was unable to locate Ihnken after the incident. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

According to the current charges, Ihnken has a criminal history of assault, including a 2010 charge for assault with a dangerous weapon and a 2009 charge for domestic violence.