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Boys escape, tell police man is hitting their mom

From staff reports

A 32-year-old Rochester man was arrested late Monday after two children crawled out through a window in their home and ran to tell police that the man was beating their mother.

Police Capt. Jim Pittenger said the two boys, ages 9 and 11, crawled out a main floor window in the family home in the 400 block of Third Avenue Southeast about 9 p.m. and ran to a police officer at the government center to report that their mother was being beaten. The boys said the man, whom they described as their mother's boyfriend, had broken into the house and refused to let any of them leave or call for help. They said the man began beating their mother and they escaped to get help. The man was found and taken into custody, Pittenger said. The man could face charges ranging from domestic assault to burglary and false imprisonment.

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