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Duluth man accused of cutting girlfriend, mistreating hamster

A Duluth man accused of cutting his girlfriend's arm with a steak knife during an alcohol-fueled argument in Superior was bound over for arraignment Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Bryan James Peterson
Bryan James Peterson

A Duluth man accused of cutting his girlfriend's arm with a steak knife during an alcohol-fueled argument in Superior was bound over for arraignment Wednesday in Douglas County Circuit Court.

Bryan James Peterson, 31, faces felony charges of aggravated battery and false imprisonment and a misdemeanor count of mistreating animals.

In court Wednesday, his alleged victim testified both had been drinking March 19, and they began to fight. The female said she tried to get away from Peterson, but he kept following and "badgering" her, grabbing her hard enough to leave bruises and pushing her backward. The woman packed items in her purse and tried to exit the Superior residence. At that point, she told the court, Peterson grabbed her left wrist and sawed back and forth about

6 inches below the wrist with a serrated steak knife, leaving a one-centimeter gash over the inner half of her arm.

"I could see fatty tissue, muscle," the woman said. "I could see the vein." There was, she said, a lot of blood.

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Peterson gave her a towel to staunch the bleeding, the woman testified, and she fled to a bedroom, refusing to open the door until police arrived.

The wound required stitches and an arm cast, which has since been replaced with a soft brace. The woman said the knife cut her median nerve, causing her to lose the feeling in three fingers and her wrist. Doctors have told her that she may regain some feeling in them after about six months.

The misdemeanor count is based on an incident where Peterson allegedly threw a hamster cage off the balcony of the Superior residence, causing the animal inside to die.

Peterson was bound over for arraignment on May 3. He remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail. His attorney, Public Defender J. Patrick O'Neill, requested the $2,000 cash bail be lowered. Court Commissioner Rebecca Lovejoy kept bail at that amount because of Peterson's criminal history in Minnesota, which includes violating orders of protection and the serious nature of the case.

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