Abuse charges: Man used blowtorch, pliers to threaten woman

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The Dakota County Attorney's Office filed several charges against an Inver Grove Heights man who's accused of severely beating a woman he lived with.

A criminal complaint details several days of abuse from 23-year-old Micheal Eugene Erdos. The woman told investigators that Erdos moved into her home in March and began using "some kind of drug."

Erdos stood on top of the victim and choked her on numerous occasions until she could no longer breathe. Sometimes she would nearly lose consciousness.

The complaint states Erdos removed a lock from the front door and installed it on the victim's bedroom door so she couldn't leave the house at night. He removed the phone, so she couldn't call police.

That's not even the worst of it.

On April 12, the victim was driving to her father's house with Erdos in the passenger seat. After Erdos repeatedly threatened to kill her "or put her to sleep," the woman started to drive faster out of fear.

"She said she wanted to hit a car and die as it would be better than living this life of abuse," the complaint reads.

The car spun out of control and came to a stop. Erdos punched her in the face. The woman got out of the car and started to run. Erdos ran after her and put her back in the car.

She had to convince Erdos to let her go to the hospital to receive medical treatment. Medical reports show the victim suffered a broken nose, fractured teeth and a loose tooth from Erdos' punch.

The victim told investigators that the next day, Erdos held her down on the floor and brandished a lit blowtorch.

"Erdos asked her if she ever wondered what burnt human flesh smelled like and threatened to burn off her fingers and toes," the court document says.

Erdos also threatened to pull her teeth out with pliers. The only way to get him to change is his mind was by threatening to harm herself, by swallowing a handful of pills.

Erdos faces seven charges, including felony assault, domestic assault by strangulation and terroristic threats. He's in custody on $150,000 bail.

The Pioneer Press reports Erdos' criminal history includes burglary and assault. He has charges pending for allegedly violating a domestic abuse no-contact order, and a warrant out in Anoka County for allegedly failing to report to jail for a theft conviction.

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