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Man Charged after Allegedly Threatening to Kill Neighbor

Police say Thomas Patrick Dousette bit his neighbor's neck, strangled her and threatened to kill her.

A Minnetonka man has been charged with threatening to kill his neighbor.

Thomas Patrick Dousette, 45, is charged with making terroristic threats, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman called police Aug. 27 and said Dousette, who lives across the hall from her apartment, had assaulted her.

The woman said she had been helping Dousette when he attacked her, biting her neck, throwing her to the ground and strangling her. The victim said Dousette told her, “You know, I could kill you.”

The victim said she had trouble breathing while Dousette’s hands were around her neck and that he called her a “cow” and more profane names while he was strangling her. She said he threatened to kill her.

The woman said she was able to fight off Dousette, get to her feet and flee his apartment, but as she left, she heard him yell, “You come across me again and I’m going to kill you,” she told police. She said Dousette threw something at her that hit the wall near the door as she escaped.

Police noted that the victim had what appeared to be bite marks on her neck, along with other injuries.

Dousette’s criminal history includes a 2001 conviction on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, classified as a serious felony. He served a year in prison, with the remainder of his prison sentence stayed for 25 years, and was also placed on 25 years of probation.

Dousette has been released from custody on a $30,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Oct. 11 in Hennepin County District Court.

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