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Authorities: woman feared man would kill her with hammer

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Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Washington County prosecutors alleged a man took aim at a female friend with a hammer at her Woodbury home.

Marshall E. Bullis, 27, Lake St. Croix Beach, was charged Dec. 7 with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of terroristic threats - both felonies.

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According to a criminal complaint, Woodbury police were summoned Dec. 6 to the 6800 block of Thames Road after dispatchers received a 911 call from someone who heard a female repeatedly screaming "help me." The female's cries were followed by a car alarm and the sound of screams, the caller said.

Police arrived to find a woman inside a vehicle on Juliet Drive who was pounding on the vehicle's window and screaming for help. A man standing outside the vehicle appeared startled when the officer approached.

The man, identified as Bullis, admitted to having a knife in his possession and did not comply with an officer's commands to keep his hands in his pocket, the complaint states. Bullis was taken into custody; a knife was found in his pocket.

The woman told police Bullis had been helping her move that night but laid down to rest.

According to the complaint, Bullis later got up and stood in front of a door, preventing her from leaving. Bullis began swearing at the woman and pushed her down, the complaint states.

The woman attempted to run off, but prosecutors said Bullis tackled her before grabbing a hammer, straddling her and holding it above his head "in a position to strike the victim."

The woman said she was able to break free and tried calling 911, but Bullis took the phone from her. The two were not romantically involved, according to the complaint.

The complaint states the woman ran outside and began screaming for help. Bullis chased her, left briefly, then came back and tried to enter the car the woman was in just as police were arriving, according to the complaint.

"The victim indicated to the officer that she is very afraid and thought that (Bullis) was going to kill her with the hammer," the complaint states.

Bullis, who was released from Washington County jail on Dec. 7, makes his initial appearance Wednesday, Dec. 19.

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