Jail Time, Probation for Man Who Choked, Threatened Woodbury Woman

David Tim Smith, 47, of Fridley, assaulted his ex-girlfriend at her Woodbury home in December 2011.

A Fridley man was recently convicted of domestic assault after he choked his ex-girlfriend, threw her on the ground and said he would put her head through a window.

David Tim Smith, 47, was sentenced to five years of probation and 90 days in jail (with credit for 35 days served). An 18-month prison sentence was stayed on the grounds that he remain law abiding, enroll in mental health classes and have no contact with the victim, among other conditions of his release.

Smith has two previous convictions on his record for domestic violence offenses, one in 2007 and another in 2009.

According to the criminal complaint:

on Dec. 7, 2011, were called to a home at the 2100 block of Kings Terrace on a report of a domestic assault.

They found a woman who appeared to be scared and crying, and she told officers her ex-boyfriend, Smith, had choked her, thrown her on the ground in the snow and said, “I’m going to throw your (expletive) head through the window.”

She told police she thought Smith was going to kill her.

A neighbor, who called police, said she saw Smith on top of the woman outside the home and corroborated her story. The witness told police the woman came up to her and said “he was strangling me, don’t call the cops.”

Woodbury authorities put out an alert for Smith’s arrest, and he was taken into custody by the Fridley Police Department on Dec. 8, 2011.

In a post-arrest interview with police, Smith said he had been painting at her Woodbury home and she refused to pay him for the job ($100) and $20 for a dinner he had paid for.

He admitted that he pushed the woman up against a wall and pushed her into a snow pile.


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