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April 17, 2014

North Mankato man accused of burning girlfriend

NORTH MANKATO — A rural North Mankato man is facing multiple felony assault charges in Nicollet County District Court for allegedly burning his girlfriend with a hot fire poker.

Leroy Ryrie, 37, was charged this week with two counts of second-degree assault involving substantial bodily harm and use of a dangerous weapon. He is also facing a third-degree assault charge for substantial bodily harm.

According to the criminal complaint, the Nicollet County Sheriff's Office responded Saturday to an unidentified caller who said "mom's boyfriend" was very intoxicated and had branded the victim.

The complaint said police responded to the rural Nicollet County home and found both a bonfire and a hot tub near the building. The police arrested Ryrie at the scene, who allegedly said "I got out of hand tonight."

Police reportedly found the victim inside the home, crying due to her injury. She reportedly showed police a large "Y" shaped burn on her left buttock. Gold Cross Ambulance later treated the injury and classified it as a second-degree burn.

Police allegedly found a 2-foot-long fire poker with a split that created a "Y" shape near the bonfire.

The victim told police she had been dating Ryrie since June 2013 and that he had moved in with her in December 2013.

Ryrie was reportedly taken to Nicollet County Jail, where he declined to provide a statement to police. Due to his high intoxication level, he was subsequently taken to the New Ulm Detox Center.

His initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

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