Man Charged After Woman Throws Note from Bedroom Window Asking for Help

Darrell Wayne Hill Photo: Minnesota Department of Corrections
Darrell Wayne Hill

October 06, 2017 02:59 PM

A St. Paul man has been charged with two counts of domestic assault and one count of kidnapping in connection to an incident in which a White Bear Lake woman tossed a note from her bedroom window, saying she was being held against her will and asking for help.

Darrell Wayne Hill, 33, is charged with felony kidnapping, felony domestic assault and felony domestic assault by strangulation.


According to the criminal complaint, White Bear Lake police responded to the Solid Ground transitional housing facility on the 3500 block of Century Avenue North at around 8:31 a.m. on Sept. 28 on a report of a female being assaulted and held against her will.

An advocate for residents there had reportedly called police after discovering a note written in crayon that a female resident had tossed from a bedroom window. The complaint states that the note read: "Please call the police, I'm trapped in my apartment by Darrell. He got into my house last night and punched, choked me and broke my phone and TV. Please he said he will kill me if police come so please use my apartment key from the office! Please help me to not knock open (unit) with office spare!"

The complaint states police were familiar with the woman, who lived with her two small children, having responded to calls for assistance there before. They also reportedly knew Hill had outstanding warrants and had recently been charged with assaulting the woman at the same location.

Management is said to have provided police with a master key to the apartment. Officers opened the bedroom door and turned on the lights, finding the woman on the bed with her children. Hill was allegedly seated at the foot of the bed with his hands in the air and was taken into custody.

According to the complaint, the woman told police she heard a knock on the door the night before. When she opened it, Hill allegedly entered and refused her request to leave. When she told him she would call someone to escort him out, he reportedly became enraged and broke her telephone, before telling her he should kill her.

She then alleges he attacked her, punching her numerous times in the face and head. The attack allegedly continued down the hall toward the bedroom. He is said to have stepped on her legs and lower back, as well as putting her in a chokehold and cutting off her airway.

She then said he made her stay in her bedroom and made it clear he would hurt her if she called police. Police on the scene reported her cell phone was completely shattered. They also reportedly observed and photographed her injuries, which were said to include cuts on the front and both sides of her face, as well as a bump on the back of her neck and other bruising.

Police also reported seeing blood stains and blood spatter on a wall, as well as a blood stain on the floor of the bathroom. 

The complaint states Hill said he arrived at the apartment at 10:15 a.m. on the morning of Sept. 27 after another tenant let him into the locked building. He said he had been living with the woman for several weeks, but did not have a key to the building. 

He said he knocked on her door and her 2-year-old son opened it. He claimed to have found the woman unconscious on the floor with a nearby spoon and hypodermic needle. He said he did not call 911 because he didn't want to be arrested on his other warrants.

He claimed they argued throughout the night about the situation and they "got to wrestling." But he said he didn't "put any hands on her." And he reportedly said he broke her phone because she broke his, but he denied preventing her from leaving.

The woman denied using heroin and police found no evidence of heroin use in the apartment, the complaint states.

The complaint also lists four prior domestic violence related convictions on Hill's record.


Frank Rajkowski

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