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Published July 30, 2012, 10:22 PM

Authorities continue search for man accused of strangling girlfriend in cornfield

Georgetown, MN (WDAY TV) -- Authorities are still searching for 33-year-old Peter Ihnken after issuing a warrant for his arrest earlier today.

Georgetown, MN (WDAY TV) -- Authorities are still searching for 33 year-old Peter Ihnken after issuing a warrant for his arrest earlier today. The warrant says Ihnken choked and beat his girlfriend of six-years in a cornfield just north of Georgetown, Minnesota

The arrest warrant reads like a bizarre situation out of a horror movie. The document says Clay County Officials responded to a call of strange noises and yelling in a cornfield just north of Georgetown. After using the squad cars loudspeaker, a woman came out of the field bloody, shirtless and with no shoes.

Bill Bergquist - Clay County Sheriff: "We had a female that did walk out to the deputy and through the investigation found out she had been assaulted."

The Sheriff's Department says the night started at a bar in Georgetown. WDAY spoke with a worker at the bar, who did not want to go on camera. According to the employee, the on-again-off-again couple was there for a couple hours on Thursday night. The worker says the couple frequents the bar one-to-two times a week and neither Ihnken nor his girlfriend have ever been a problem.

On Thursday night, after leaving the bar, the victim told authorities Ihnken pulled his pick-up over and ripped her clothes off. The victim says Ihnken then hit her in the face, nose, arms and legs before choking her. Deputies were unable to locate Ihnken, but have taken his vehicle into custody.

Sheriff Bergquist: "Last few years with things that have happened in cornfields, they're not an easy thing to do, even in the middle of the day."

This isn't the first time law enforcement has gone after Peter Ihnken. According to the arrest warrant, Ihnken was convicted of 2nd Degree Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in 2010, and also convicted of Aggravated Assault - Domestic Violence against the same girlfriend in 2009.

Sheriff Bergquist: "Generally speaking, the domestic assaults that we deal with, there are many many times they become repeat offenders. It's not something that happens once and not again."

WDAY did some more research and found that, according to Cass County court records, Ihnken has been charged four times for possession of a controlled substance, four times for possession of drug paraphernalia, and one time each for manufacturing a controlled substance and delivery of a controlled substance, all since 2001.

Sheriff Bergquist: "We just hope that if anyone out there does know him, we would like to know and get him put in jail."

Ihnken is facing two Domestic Assault felony charges from this incident.

It carries a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Anyone with any information on his whereabouts should contract the Clay County Sheriff's office immediately.