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Mason City man accused of violent outburst in Worth County

Dartyian McKnight
Dartyian McKnight

Arrested Thursday for burglary and criminal mischief.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 10:53 AM

FERTILE, Iowa – A Mason City man is jailed over what Worth County authorities describe as a violent confrontation with his girlfriend’s mother.

Dartyian Adari McKnight, 28, is charged with 2nd degree burglary and 3rd degree criminal mischief. He was booked into the Worth County Jail at 3:45 pm Thursday and is being held on $5,000 bond.

According to the criminal complaint, McKnight showed up at the Fertile home of his girlfriend’s mother at 3 am Tuesday, shoved his way into the apartment, pushed a man inside up against a refrigerator, and knocked off his eyeglasses. McKnight then reportedly grabbed his girlfriend’s mother by the throat, shoved her across the room and up against a wall, and choked her.

Authorities say the victims describe McKnight as yelling he was going to hurt or kill them. He also reportedly kicked a TV, broke a lamp, and broke a shelf in the living room area.

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