Charges: Hopkins man brutally assaulted woman with hot curling iron, held her captive

The alleged assault happened in late-July, with the woman escaping in September.
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A Hennepin County Grand Jury has indicted a Hopkins man on three separate felony charges related to a barbaric assault of a woman. 

DeQuarn M. Bell, 24, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree assault, and soliciting prostitution. Bell is being held in custody on $2 million bail. A jury trial is scheduled to begin Mar. 16. 

Warning: This story contains upsetting details.

Bell is accused of using a curling iron to brutally assault his girlfriend, according to a criminal complaint that says police were sent to a gas station in Hopkins on Sept. 9, 2019 after being made aware of a prior domestic assault. 

At the gas station, the victim told Hopkins officers that she had been assaulted by Bell in late-July and held captive until she was able to escape on foot to the gas station that day. 

The woman said Bell used a hot curling iron to repeatedly burn her on her face, neck, chest, armpit, back and leg.

The victim had 14 burn marks on her body, in addition to a sexual assault examination revealing that she had redness and scarring to her external genitalia and internal injuries to her vagina that were consistent with being burned by a curling iron, according to the complaint. 

The complaint explains that Bell accused the woman of talking with his brother on Snapchat, leading to the domestic violence. 

If you know anyone that is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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