The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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November 30, 2012

Mankato man accused of kidnapping, assaulting ex-girlfriend



She said Westphal brought her into a bedroom and restrained her on a bed even though she was punching him in the chest in an attempt to get away. He allegedly told the victim she was staying the night and was attempting to drag her into the basement, assaulting her repeatedly as she tried to escape, when police officers arrived.

“Westphal then begged her not to tell the police what happened,” the complaint said.

One officer was talking to Westphal when a second officer arrived, according to the complaint. It does not explain why a nationwide warrant has been issued for his arrest. A Blue Earth County jail administrator said Westphal, who has a criminal history, has not been in the jail since October. So it isn’t clear if he escaped from custody, was allowed to leave or was taken to another county first to deal with other criminal matters.

A Mankato police commander could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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