Amber alert suspect charged with assault
The man who was the subject of an Amber alert was charged with two counts of assault against the child’s mother, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Tuesday.
Hersley Hulbert, 26, of Minneapolis was charged with one count of second-degree and one count of third-degree assault. He is expected to make his first appearance this afternoon.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to a home in the 3000 block of Clinton Avenue South because Hulbert was assaulting a woman there. When police arrived, the woman had obvious injuries to her face and she had been stabbed in the leg.
She told police that Hulbert had come to her apartment and accused her of cheating on him and it escalated into a physical assault, which was witnessed by her two-and-a-half-year-old child, the complaint states. Eventually, Hulbert left with the child but was arrested by police.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is filing a Blakely motion, which means they will ask for a longer sentence than recommended by the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines if he is found guilty. To get the longer sentence, prosecutors would have to prove the aggravating circumstances, in this case, that the young child witnessed a violent assault of his mother.
The relationship and child care duties between Hulbert and the child still are under investigation for possible kidnapping charges.
Criminal Complaint (PDF)