Eric Hightower, St. Paul police brutality victim, allegedly threatened to blow ex's head off

Hightower was brutalized by police while being arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his ex.
Hightower was brutalized by police while being arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his ex.

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The 30-year-old man seen getting brutalized by police during a Tuesday evening arrest is accused of some serious crimes.

Eric Hightower has been charged with aggravated stalking, making terroristic threats, and fourth-degree criminal damage to property. He's allegedly made his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend's life a living hell since their child died a few hours after being born earlier this summer.

The woman played police a voicemail where Hightower can be heard saying, "You're about to get your motherfucking head blew the fuck off!" She says she left him in May after he beat her up, adding that things have only gotten worse since their child's death. In fact, she says she's recently moved to a different address in hopes of getting Hightower out of her life.

But Hightower apparently found out where she's living, and showed up there last Friday just before 10 p.m. He broke some windows at her home, prompting her to call 911.

On Tuesday, she called police to inform them they could find Hightower hanging out at Lewis Park. Officers went there to arrest him, which is when the apparent police brutality incident went down.

The Pioneer Press provides some information about Hightower's extensive criminal record:

Hightower's criminal history includes convictions for violating an order for protection, obstructing legal process and petty theft. He was charged in 2011 with fifth-degree drug possession and third-degree assault, and has pleaded guilty to both.

In the drug case, residents in the 800 block of Rice Street in St. Paul called 911 in July 2011 after they saw Hightower selling drugs in the alley. When one person told him to leave, he threatened to "beat his ass," according to the criminal complaint. Witnesses told police that Hightower started chasing people and grabbed a golf club someone was holding.

Police later found suspected crack and marijuana in Hightower's buttocks, the complaint said.

The assault case stemmed from an August 2011 incident in which Hightower greeted an acquaintance with, "What up, boy?" according to a criminal complaint. The man took offense at the term "boy" and they started to argue. The man told police that Hightower punched him in the face, knocking out his two front teeth.

Hightower is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14 on both the drug and assault cases from 2011.

When confronted by police about his ex's allegations, Hightower reportedly confirmed that they haven't been getting along, but said his threats are only meant to scare her. He said his calls are intended to agitate her into calling him.

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