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Southdale Librarian's Choker: 'You Don't Walk Away From Me'

The man was cited for fifth-degree assault and banned from the Southdale Library in September.

The 61-year-old St. Paul man cited for choking a librarian at Edina's Southdale branch assaulted the woman as she was walking away and attributed his anger to posttraumatic stress disorder, according to an investigation report recently released by the Edina Police Department.

Shortly after 1 p.m. on Sept. 22, the librarian found the man sleeping at a desk in the third-floor computer lab.

She tapped the desk and said, "Sir, you can't sleep here," but the man did not wake up. She repeated herself, but he still did not awaken so she slapped the desk harder and told him to wake up.

The man then jumped up, yelling at the librarian to leave him alone and saying she had no right to disturb him.

When the librarian turned to walk away, the man shouted, "You don't walk away from me, you bitch," according to the police report.

The librarian then felt the man's hands grabbing at the back of her neck.

He squeezed her neck, shoving her to the floor, while he continued to scream, the librarian told police.

"You know, I have PTSD," she said the man told her. "You should not wake me up that way!"

The librarian wrestled herself free and screamed for help. The man turned back to his desk.

A security guard stayed with the man as the librarian called police.

Police took the man to Richfield, at his request, and released him. 

The man was cited for misdemeanor fifth-degree assault and banned from the Southdale Library. He's due in court soon.
Mike B. January 21, 2014 at 06:47 PM
The claim of PTSD is preposterous! The violent individual who assaulted and would have fatally injured the librarian should not have been released. He should be in jail on a $2,000,000 bond.
Shelley January 22, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Reason 34,895 of why I carry. Because this guy hangs out there.
Sara Sunshine Holloway January 22, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Dear Unnamed SouthDale Librarian, Thank you for service to the community. No doubt you have helped hundreds, if not thousands, of people during your career. Those of us in public service know there is always a small risk of this happening, and yet it is always a shock when it does. It's tragic, but I hope all the good you have done will overshadow this one sad, sick individual's violent action. - A sister in pages
Maggie May January 22, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Someone whom was in Vietnam with PTSD if startled awake could very well react that way! I am not saying that he should not have to pay for his actions, but hopefully he will be forced to get some help! My husband has PTSD as a result of being a Marine in Vietnam for 4 years. So I know what I am talking about. PTSD is not a fun thing to live with or to live with someone who has it!
Mike B. January 22, 2014 at 04:45 PM
True, Maggie, there are people afflicted with PTSD. But chances are 99% that the violent attacker in this case just used that to try to wiggle out of arrest. It's odd, if their was a minor altercation in a home between a man and his wife and someone had a minor bruise, the police would make an arrest for something MUCH less serious than this attempted murder in the library.

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