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NEWS UPDATE: Complaint details allegations against Owatonna City official

city engineer, director of public works, kyle skov, owatonna, felony charge, assault, 2022

The criminal complaint filed Monday against Kyle Aaron Skov sheds more details into what allegedly happened Friday at his home.

Skov is the city engineer and senior director of the Owatonna Public Works Department who was arrested at his home Friday by Owatonna Police.

According to the complaint, the incident began with two phone calls about an altercation Friday at a home in southeast Owatonna. Skov was the initial caller; as an officer was speaking with him at the house, the alleged victim also called dispatch to make a report.

When the officer spoke with the second caller, he noted dried blood on the male’s nose, shirt, right arm and hand, and what appeared to be light bruising on both sides of his neck.

There didn’t seem to be any cuts, scratches or scrapes on Skov.

The other male told authorities that as Skov confronted him about some issues, he kept telling Skov “OK,” because he didn’t want to get into an argument with him. When he walked into the garage, Skov walked up to the male and “chest bumped/pushed him,” the report says, and was “in his face.”

According to the criminal complaint, when the victim pushed Skov away, Skov punched him in the face and put him in a headlock. The two struggled for about 30 seconds, but the male was eventually able to break free.

The victim left the house, and called law enforcement from another location.

He said his neck was sore – but said it wasn’t the first time Skov had choked him, the complaint says, detailing an incident in April that the victim hadn’t reported.

A juvenile witness to the part of the alleged incident said the male “wasn’t doing anything wrong.”

The felony charge is punishable by up to 18 months in prison, a $2,500 fine, or both. The misdemeanors both carry a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

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