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Rosemount man charged with assaulting his girlfriend, bleaching her clothes

Mario Williams, 34, of Rosemount has been charged with property damage as well as domestic assault against his girlfriend who called police after her boyfriend allegedly destroyed many of her clothes as well as assaulted her.

According to a criminal complaint, at 7:09 a.m. on July 7, Rosemount police received a call from the woman's neighbor. Police arrived to find the woman sitting in her car in only a bathrobe. The woman explained that she had been out with friends the night before and Williams was texting her because had grown jealous, thinking she was cheating on him. The woman told Williams she wasn't, but he allegedly grew angry and went back to their home and poured bleach on her clothing, destroying it.

The woman came home while Williams was destroying her clothing, and when she approached him he again accused her of cheating on him. Williams hit and slapped the woman and threw her backwards onto a couch and into a cupboard. The woman had bruising as well as swelling on her face. She also had marks on the back of her neck she said she thought were from Williams throwing her down.

Williams also ripped the woman's clothing during the altercation, which is why she put on a bathrobe when she left her residence. She left her phone behind, so had someone call the police for her.

Police found Williams at the home where the altercation occurred and eventually got him to come out of the bathroom. Williams admitted to destroying the woman's clothes, but denied striking her. He said he acted out of anger.

Police found the dress that the woman said was ripped off of her, as well as clothes that clearly had bleach on them, hanging in the closet as well as on the floor. The woman estimated the cost of each of her clothing items, which included jeans, suit jackets and more, at over $5,600. In addition to the clothing, Williams attempted to burn the woman's passport, which had partial burns on it when officers arrived.

The woman was treated at the hospital for her multiple injuries, blurred vision and dizziness.

If convicted, Williams could face up to five years in prison and $10,000 in property damage charges as well as up to a year in prison and $3,000 for domestic assault charges.