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Three men charged in domestic abuse incidents around Farmington

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An incident of alleged domestic abuse and kidnapping that started in St. Paul, ended Dec. 7 with a woman jumping from a moving car and taking shelter in a Hampton home.

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In between, the woman told Dakota County Sheriff's deputies, her boyfriend threatened to torture and kill her.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the home on Inga Avenue shortly after midnight Dec. 7. They found the woman lying on the floor inside. She told them her boyfriend, 27-year-old William Eugene Lightfoot, had refused to let her get out of the car when she told him she wanted to go home. She said she jumped out of the car once at a stoplight in White Bear Lake and again at a gas station, but Lightfoot pulled her back into the car. She said he slapped her, punched her legs and pulled her hair several times while they were driving.

The woman told deputies that while they were driving on Highway 52 Lightfoot told the woman he was going to kill her. When she told him to make it quick, he allegedly said he planned to torture her.

The woman jumped from the car when she noticed lights on at a home near Hampton.

Hastings police found Lightfoot later that day. Lightfoot fled on foot when police arrived.

Lightfoot has at least four domestic abuse no contact orders involving the woman over the past 10 years. This time he faces a felony count of kidnapping, which has a maximum sentence of 40 years and a maximum fine of $50,000. Lightfoot also faces felony charge of false imprisonment, making terroristic threats and violating an order for protection.

Late sleeping started Dec. 1 fight

A 35-year-old Farmington man has been charged with domestic assault and violating a restraining order after he allegedly got into a fight earlier this month with the mother of his children.

John Ryan Gauthier was staying at the woman's Farmington home Dec. 1 in violation of a 2011 no-contact order when he allegedly got mad at the woman for sleeping late. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, when the woman went to take a bath, Gauthier started yelling at her and pelting her with towels and bottles of shampoo. He then reportedly slammed the woman's head against the bathtub several times and pushed her head underwater.

The incident ended when the woman's 20-year-old son punched a hole in the bathroom door to get in and told Gauthier to leave.

The woman went to the Farmington Police Department Dec. 6 to report the alleged assault.

Gauthier was convicted of domestic assault in April of 2005 and again in October of 2011. If convicted this time on a felony domestic assault charge he could spend up to five years in jail and face fines of up to $10,000. A felony charge of violating a no-contact order has a maximum sentence of five years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Woman told police boyfriend pushed her down the stairs

An argument between a 38-year-old Farmington man and his girlfriend escalated Dec. 7 until the man allegedly pushed the woman down a flight of stairs, slammed her head against the floor and held her on the ground by her throat.

According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Bryce James Devos had been using alcohol, drugs or both that night and the fight started while he and his girlfriend were in the car on their way to his home. When they got there, Devos allegedly pushed the woman down the stairs and slammed her head against the floor six or seven times.

The woman told police she tried to leave but Devos stopped her. She said she went to sleep in hopes Devos would calm down, but he reportedly kicked in the bedroom door and pulled her into the hallway by her hair, tearing out a patch of her hair.

When one of Devos' friends showed up he restrained Devos and the woman was able to leave. Devos allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend while the friend was there.

If convicted on a felony charge of making terroristic threats Devos could face up to five years in jail and fines of up to $10,000. A misdemeanor charge of domestic assault has a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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