Woman charged with felony domestic assault

Published 9:24 pm Thursday, January 10, 2019

An Albert Lea woman who allegedly strangled someone she knew last weekend has been charged with a felony in Freeborn County District Court.

Melissa Sue Rack

Melissa Sue Rack, 37, is charged with felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault.

Court documents state officers were dispatched to a domestic incident Sunday in Albert Lea.

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The alleged victim said Rack, who only had a driving permit and was looking to get her license, demanded the keys to a vehicle and was acting in a way that scared him and she threatened him.

Rack allegedly tried to get the keys and put him in a chokehold after he told her she could not have the keys, putting her hands around his neck and squeezing. The alleged victim said he felt a shortness of breath and nearly lost his breath two or three times. She allegedly also bit him on the left hand and nose, and his glasses were reportedly ripped off his face.

Court documents state after he allowed her to have the keys so the assault would stop, she left with a child and the vehicle.

Court documents state after officers pulled her over, she said she and the alleged victim had gotten into an argument and she “just wanted to leave.” She said the alleged victim refused to give her the keys to the vehicle and she bit him in the nose to get the keys.

Judge Ross Leuning set conditional bail at $5,000 Monday, contingent on Rack not engaging in assaultive behavior, remaining law-abiding, making all future court appearances and following other requirements.

Rack’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 17.


See what happened last night in the PM report here.


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Sam Wilmes covers crime, courts and government for the Albert Lea Tribune.

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