A Coon Rapids man has been charged in Anoka County District Court with two felonies following a domestic incident at an apartment building the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.
Jamar Pierie Mullins, 29, was arraigned in court Jan. 3 on felony domestic assault by strangulation and domestic assault counts as well as a gross misdemeanor obstructing the legal process charge. Bail was set at $50,000 and Mullins’ next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 28.
Responding to a report of loud noises coming from an apartment on the 9700 block of Palm Street, Coon Rapids Police arrived to hear music and a child crying, and saw fresh blood on the door, according to the complaint.
The officers heard a loud crash, but as they were going to force entry, a male, identified as Mullins, opened the door and allegedly lunged at officers, attempting to strike them.
Two children were found in the apartment, one age eight, who was hiding under the covers because she alleged she was afraid of Mullins, who is her stepfather, and a one-year-old, who was almost falling out of bed.
The eight-year-old alleged that Mullins had been fighting with her mother about an hour before police arrived, and her mother had repeatedly been telling him to stop before the eight-year-old heard several loud crashes and the apartment went silent.
The mother, who came back to the apartment with her father while police were still there, told police that Mullins had been violent with her and she left to avoid further violence, according to the complaint.
She alleged that Mullins was intoxicated and became violent, punching and choking her so she could not breathe.
The woman’s father confirmed what she told police, alleging that Mullins had tried to kill his daughter that night.
Mullins is currently on probation for a 2011 felony domestic assault conviction and has many domestic violence-related convictions, including one for second-degree assault in 2005.
Both these convictions were in Hennepin County; in the most recent in 2011, the court stayed an 18-month prison sentence in placing Mullins on probation for three years, according to court records.
Peter Bodley is at firstname.lastname@example.org