A Little Falls man is facing assault charges after allegedly punching a woman in the head and knocking her down over a dispute over a vehicle.
David Darnell Jones Jr., 36, made his first appearance Monday, June 7, in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd where he faces felony second- and third-degree assault charges using a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.
The charges stem from a 911 call at 9:55 a.m. June 4 for an assault on the 1300 block of Oak Street over a vehicle dispute. According to the criminal complaint, police arrived and saw a woman sitting on the ground near a vehicle. The woman stated she and Jones were arguing over a vehicle that belonged to another party.
The woman explained she had been trying to contact Jones to get the car back. She entered the residence and Jones came out of the bedroom and pushed her by her neck or chin area. She stated she hit the floor and now has a bump on her head. She did not remember anything after that because she felt like she got knocked out, the complaint stated. The woman then saw Jones grab a 2-by-4 inch piece of wood and was holding it over her when another person stepped in and told Jones to stop. The woman stated if the witness would not have stepped in, she believed Jones would have hit and killed her.
The witness explained to officers she was in bed sleeping with Jones when the woman was at the door. The woman wanted the keys to the car and Jones immediately got up and stated, “I told you if she comes back, I’m going to beat her (expletive),” the complaint stated. Jones then went to the doorway where the woman was standing and punched her in the head. The victim stated the woman hit the floor and did not move for a couple of minutes and she looked unconscious. The witness said Jones went into the back room and returned with a 3-foot piece of wood. Jones held up the piece of wood over the woman as though he was going to hit her, the witness yelled at him to stop and he dropped the piece of wood. The witness also expressed concern that if she had not been there, Jones would have beaten the victim and probably would have killed her, the complaint stated.
While police were speaking with the women, Jones exited the residence and was taken into custody. On the way to jail, Jones said wanted to tell his side of the story. After being read his rights, Jones said the woman had been harassing him about the vehicle for a while. He explained he is sick of it and wanted it to stop. Jones stated that when the woman showed up to the house, he got out of bed, went to the door where she was standing, pushed her and went to the back room through the kitchen to get clothes on. He then waited outside for law enforcement.
Jones, who as of Thursday afternoon was still being held in jail, is scheduled to make his next court hearing July 2. His bond was set at $50,000 with no conditions and $25,000 with conditions, including no contact with the victim, not leaving the state without court approval, not entering bars or liquor establishments and not possessing firearms or dangerous weapons.