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Brainerd man faces assault charges

John Christian Neville

A 36-year-old Brainerd man faces criminal charges following a physical domestic assault at a Brainerd apartment.

John Christian Neville was charged Friday with two felonies—stalking and domestic assault—in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. Bail was set at $2,000 with conditions or $20,000 without conditions.

According to the probable cause court document filed against Neville, Brainerd police were called at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, to a report of a domestic assault occurring outside an apartment building in Brainerd. An officer met with the victim, who reported she had just fought with Neville, a person she knows. She reported the two of them had been drinking inside her apartment and a verbal argument began.

At one point during the argument, Neville picked up her cellphone and struck her on top of her head with it. He then pushed and threw her around the apartment, causing visible physical injuries, including a swollen area on the top of her head and multiple cuts and bruises on her arms, hands and feet, the complaint stated. Neville then left the apartment.

Officers later located him on his bicycle near the intersection of South Fifth and Maple streets in Brainerd, where he was taken into custody.

Neville was convicted of stalking on March 10, 2011, and for making terroristic threats on Sept. 25, 2017.

Neville's next court appearance is scheduled at 9 a.m. June 26.