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Woodbury man charged in assault case

A Woodbury man faces two felony charges after allegedly beating his girlfriend so severely that she was left with deep cuts and couldn't determine what month it was once authorities arrived.

Thomas Schoenthaler, 31, was charged May 29 with one count of third-degree assault and one count of domestic assault by strangulation.

According to a criminal complaint, police were dispatched May 23 to Walgreens on Donegal Drive for a report of a woman who had been assaulted.

They found the woman, whose injuries included a deep cut on her chin, a swollen lip and "a left side facial deficit consistent with a stroke patient."

She told police that her boyfriend "Tommy" - later identified as Schoenthaler - had hit her. While talking with police, the woman was able to recall some memories from the alleged assault, "but was unable to recall the day of the week or the month."

Police also found red marks on her neck. She was hospitalized at Woodwinds Health Campus.

In a later interview with police, the woman said the alleged assault occurred after an argument about Schoenthaler's drinking. She recalled being strangled, the complaint states, and also remembered driving to the police station but leaving after not seeing any squad cars.

She also remembered driving to Walgreens but couldn't recall anything until after she woke up in an ambulance.

Schoenthaler was arrested at his home and taken to jail. In an interview with police, he said the woman had fallen and struck her head on a countertop, causing her to be knocked out giving her injuries that caused her mouth to bleed. He said he did not call an ambulance and that the woman declined to be hospitalized.

Tenth District Court Judge John Hoffman ordered Schoenthaler held on $25,000 bail without conditions or $10,000 bail with conditions that included random drug and alcohol testing, no contact with the alleged victim and no firearms possession. Schoenthaler was released from Washington County jail June 1 after posting bond.

His next court appearance is June 28.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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