An 8-year-old Hopkins boy tried to fight off a man who attacked his mom early Friday morning, according to charging documents filed Monday.
A woman told that her boyfriend, 51-year-old Julius Biyogo Momanyi, of Hopkins, woke her up at about 1:30 a.m. while she was on the living room floor with her daughter, trying to sleep. She said Momanyi wanted her to sleep with him and that he became enraged when she refused, Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg wrote in the charging documents.
The woman and her children were not identified.
She said Momanyi jumped on top of her, straddled her, grabbed her throat and “pinched” so hard that she couldn’t breathe or scream for help, the court documents state. She rolled onto her stomach, trying to protect her throat, and screamed, “Call the police!” when she was able to catch her breath.
The 8-year-old heard his mother scream while he was sleeping in a bedroom and said he ran out to see Momanyi on his mother’s back, pulling her hair, hitting her several times and threatening to kill her.
The boy pushed on Momanyi’s body but was unable to get him off. Eventually, the woman broke free and again screamed for the children to call for help. She tried to run for the door, but Momanyi pushed her away and chased her around the apartment, according to the court documents.
During the chase, the children saw Momanyi stop in the kitchen and look in the dishwasher. Fearing that he was looking for a knife to stab their mother with, the children took all knives from the kitchen and hid them under a couch.
Eventually, the boy was able to help his mother and sister get out of the apartment and flee to another unit in the , according to the court documents.
Police were called at 2:10 a.m. They arrived to find the victim with red marks and scratches around her throat, a swollen right eye, scratches on both of her elbows and cuts on the inside of her bottom lip.
Momanyi initially fled the apartment but returned at 3:13 a.m. and began buzzing the door and banging on windows. The woman called police, and officers arrested him.
He has been charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as many as three years in prison and fined $5,000.
He is currently being held in the Hennepin County jail on $40,00 bail.
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