Crime

Suspect hit himself in the head with baseball bat

Greg Marsten | Staff writer
Ryan Lofkvist
BALSAM LAKE – An Osceola man is facing multiple criminal charges after he allegedly head-butted, hit, pushed, shoved, pulled a woman’s hair, threw a knife at her, threatened her with a baseball bat and even tried to hurt her dog during a domestic incident that allegedly occurred in the early morning hours on Sunday, Feb. 24, in Osceola.
According to the probable cause report filed by the Osceola Police Department, the incident came to light when a man called 911 to say he had been hit in the head with a baseball bat by a woman at his residence.
When police arrived, they found the man bleeding heavily from the head, with a woman standing outside the structure with her dog.
Closer investigation and testimony from the woman indicated that there was more to the story, that the man had hit himself on the head, to make it seem like the woman had tried to injure him.
The woman told police that the incident began after she came home from work and got into an argument with Ryan Lofkvist, 23, Osceola.
In the report, the woman alleges that she and Lofkvist got into an argument and that he had struck her between 10 and 15 times, using his fist, a knife, and that he pulled her hair and threatened to hit her with the bat. He had also thrown items at her, attempted to pull a ring off her finger and put his hands around her neck, making it hard for her to breathe. He then head-butted her several times, threatening to cut her with scissors and a knife, then grabbing a baseball bat and holding it over her head, threatening to hit her on the head with the bat.
She then ran down a hallway screaming, which reportedly led Lofkvist to hit himself in the face and use the bat to hit himself on the head, stating he would tell police that she had hit him.
The woman attempted to leave the scene with her dog, which is when Lofkvist allegedly grabbed the dog’s face and hurt the animal.
The woman had a variety of injuries from the attack and told police that Lofkvist then threatened to take his own life.
When interviewed by police, Lofkvist eventually admitted to hitting himself in the face with his fist and also admitted to striking himself on the head with the bat.
Lofkvist was taken into custody and later charged with five criminal charges, including felony strangulation/suffocation, felony second-degree reckless endangering and misdemeanor charges of battery, disorderly conduct and bail jumping, all with domestic abuse enhancers.
He appeared in court on Monday, Feb. 25, where Judge Jeffery Anderson set a $7,500 cash bond, with strict orders of “no contact” with the victim and a curfew. He is slated to appear before the judge on Friday, March 1, at a preliminary hearing, where the prosecution will present a portion of the evidence to the judge to decide if there is enough to bind him over for trial.


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