A Cleveland man is facing charges after allegedly trying to strangle a woman with a cell phone cord on Tuesday. The Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office received two 911 calls from a vehicle traveling on Highway 169 near Minnesota State Trunk Highway 60. The victim reported that 23-year-old Gerardo Martinez Jr. tried to strangle her with a phone charging cord and punched her in the head while she was driving him to a court appearance in Mankato. Martinez is facing a charge of domestic assault by strangulation and tampering with a witness.


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