Mitchell man arrested for aggravated domestic assault

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A Mitchell man was arrested on May 30 after he allegedly rammed his truck into the side of another car while his 12-year-old son was in the front seat without a seat belt on.

John Fritza, 56, faces two counts of aggravated domestic assault, among other charges.

According to court documents, Fritza came home to his 12-year-old son, who said his mom went on a bike ride. By using a cell phone application they located her near Lake Mitchell.

Fritza then found the mother with another person, who took off in a car with the mother when Fritza tried to confront the person. Fritza allegedly continued to follow them, and he drove into the grass and rammed his pickup truck’s front bumper into the other car’s front passenger door, which is where the woman was located.

The two people in the car claimed they heard the truck rev up before hitting the car. The boy did not have a seat belt on, court documents state.


Fritza continued to follow the other car until it came to a stop at the police department.

Aggravated domestic assault is a Class 3 felony, punishable upon conviction up to 15 years in prison and a $30,000 fine. Fritza also faced two Class 5 felonies for intentional damage to property worth more than $2,500 but less than $5,000, which is punishable upon conviction by up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

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