Charges: Woman feared grandson's threat to kill her

She told police silently she needed help when she answered the door.
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A man has been charged with threats of violence after allegedly telling his grandmother "I could snap your neck."

The incident happened at a home in Apple Valley on Tuesday, Nov. 10, with police sent on a welfare check when the victim failed to arrive at the 911 caller's home.

The caller also told police that the victim's grandson had threatened to kill her earlier in the day.

When they got to her home, she answered the door and "seemed out of breath." She told officers she was fine, but when asked if she needed help, she silently mouthed "yes."

The officers went inside and found Travis Auvante, 32, on the stairs. Auvante told officers the pair had been arguing but denied making threats, though officers noticed his eyes looked "droopy" and he had a smell of alcohol.

The victim told officers that her grandson had threatened to kill her because he was mad she fell for a scam earlier in the day.

She alleged that he held his hands up and said: "I'm so mad at you, I could snap your neck."

The victim told police during questioning that she believed her grandson would kill her, remarking: "I don't think I could get out of here alive."

Auvante has previously been charged with domestic assault, with his grandmother once again the victim.

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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