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Man allegedly broke out windows, slashed tire of girlfriend's car

A Blaine man has been charged with smashing the windows and slashing a tire of a car in St. Paul Park after becoming upset that his girlfriend wouldn't give him a ride to a friend's home.

Christopher R. Peterson, 26, faces first-degree property damage and domestic assault charges for an alleged March 16 incident.

According to the Washington County District Court complaint, Briana Germain, who told police she was Peterson's girlfriend, said she had driven him to a home in the 1200 block of Second Street in St. Paul Park. She told police Peterson had been living in her car, and that he depended on her financially, according to the court complaint. She said that when she refused to drive Peterson to one of his friends' homes, he reached into her vehicle, pulled out a vice grip pliers, and allegedly started smashing the windows of her car, according to the complaint. She and the St. Paul Park resident she was visiting said Peterson was crazed and screaming obscenities, the complaint says. Then, he pulled out a fold-up knife from his pocket, and fearful, the two ran into the house and locked the door. They said Peterson then crashed into the door with his shoulder. Germain said Peterson yelled for her to come out of the house. She refused, and he then started smashing windows she told police, according to the complaint. She said he then stabbed a rear tire of the vehicle, and he ran when she yelled that she was calling police, the complaint says.

St. Paul Park police arrived around 1:10 p.m., and Germain gave them an address in the 1200 block of Fourth Street she believed he was running toward, according to the court complaint. Officers found Peterson hiding in the laundry room of the building and took him into custody, the complaint says.

Police noted the front driver's side window, front passenger's side window and passenger's side rear window were broken out. The front windshield was cracked in a spider web, and the rear window had a dirty shoe print on it, according to the court complaint.

The estimated cost to repair the glass is $1,126, and the tire cost ranges from $48 to $98 according to the complaint.

Peterson has prior convictions for domestic assault and assault, according to the complaint.

Peterson's first court appearance was March 18. First-degree damage to property carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $10,000 in fines, and the domestic assault charge carries a one year and $3,000 maximum sentence.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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