A man faces a third-degree assault charge following accusations that he punched his wife in the face and broke her nose, according to court documents released Thursday.
On June 23, police got a call from a woman who said simply, “Help me, my husband,” before the call was disconnected, according to a Feb. 6 criminal complaint written by Detective James Lindgren.
Dispatch called back, and the woman said, “My husband,” before the call was again disconnected.
Police arrived at Cromwell Drive home and found the woman crying and with a bleeding nose. She told police that she’d gotten into an argument with her husband—51-year-old Mohyi Saleh Youssef, of Eden Prairie. During the argument, he pushed her down on the couch and punched her in the nose, she said.
The woman said she fought off Youssef and called 911—but Youssef unplugged the phone while she was talking to dispatch and told her not to call police.
Officers arrested Youssef at the scene.
Medical records showed the woman had a broken nose.
If convicted of the third-degree assault charge, a felony, Youssef could receive a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $3,000 to $10,000 fine.
He’s also been charged with interference with an emergency call—a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.