Oakdale Man Sits on Alleged Assailant Until Police Arrive, Complaint Says

Patrick Selmer Rockney, of North St. Paul, faces a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge.

An Oakdale man called 911, rushed across the street, placed a man in a chokehold and sat on top of him until police arrived during a mid-April domestic incident.

That’s according to the criminal complaint against Patrick Selmer Rockney, of North St. Paul, who faces a felony domestic assault by strangulation charge.

Oakdale police on April 15 were dispatched to the 6400 block of 55th Street, where they found a witness sitting on top of Rockney, 27.

The witness told officers he lives across the street and saw Rockney beating a woman, according to the criminal complaint. He told police he had to put Rockney in a headlock to get him to stop choking and punching her.

The woman, Rockney’s girlfriend, told police that she didn’t remember what happened, but had red marks on her neck, bruising around her left cheek and a cut on her temple, the complaint says. The couple’s two children were home at the time and were “very frightened” by the incident, according to the complaint.

The woman’s sister was home at the time and reported that Rockney got upset when his girlfriend went outside to smoke and punched her several times and choked her until she may have lost consciousness.

The witness who sat on top of Rockney told officers the alleged assailant passed out after he put him in the headlock.

Rockney was intoxicated and uncooperative when questioned by police. He was arrested on his birthday.

If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.


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Randall Johnson April 24, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Well-done, neighbor guy!
Kris Janisch April 24, 2013 at 01:25 PM
Yeah, and he's only identified by initials in the complaint, but I kind of wanted to track him down and talk to him.
Steph April 24, 2013 at 02:37 PM
Finally someone acting when seeing something wrong happening. He may have very well saved her life. Thanks for sharing this story!
Mom2four April 24, 2013 at 05:59 PM
My heart hurts for the kids that were 'very frightened' too. Hopefully they won't ever have to witness that again. Kudos to the neighbor for his help. Nice to know people still care.
Kris Janisch April 24, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Yeah, there ware a few people making their initial court appearances on similar cases too. It might be interesting to see if domestic violence calls increased during the long winter weather.


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