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.
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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.
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