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Felony domestic assault is charged

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office has charged Wesley William Crisp, 27, Hastings, with one felony count of domestic assault by strangulation following a Sept. 9 incident in Douglas Township.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies were called to the Douglas Township location on the report of a disturbance. When they arrived, Crisp walked out of the area. He was covered in blood. He said he had been cut with knife, then said he fell, and then said he fell on a fire poker. He was transferred by ambulance to Regions Hospital.

Through investigation, police learned that Crisp lives in a trailer on the property. After executing a search warrant for the trailer, police found evidence of an altercation inside.

While officers were still at the scene, Crisp's girlfriend drove up. She told officers she and Crisp had argued, then gotten into a fight. At one point, Crisp apparently grabbed two knives and gave them to her. As she took the knives, Crisp continued to come at her and one of the knives went into him.

During the fight, Crisp took her outside, made a collar with his belt, then put it around her neck and cinched it.

In a statement to police, Crisp denied hitting or choking the woman. He said that the knife incident was an accident.