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Felony assault charged against Hastings man

Hastings Police have charged Andrew Joseph Kunkel, 18, Hastings, with one count of felony domestic assault after an Aug. 26 incident at a Hastings residence. According to the criminal complaint, police responded to the residence on the report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, they met with a woman who was sitting in a car with two small children and two dogs. The woman was very upset and was crying. She said that she and Kunkel, her boyfriend, had gotten into an argument. She wanted to leave the residence, but Kunkel forcibly removed the keys from her hand. She said he grabbed a picture from the wall and threw it down the hall, causing it to shatter. When she tried to leave the room, she said Kunkel grabbed her and held up her against the wall while he punched a hole in the sheetrock.

Kunkel has two prior convictions for assault.