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Argument leads to assault charges

Hastings Police have charged Mark Anthony Smith Jr., 27, Hastings, with two counts of felony domestic assault following a Jan. 27 incident in Hastings. According to the criminal complaint, police were called Jan. 27 to the intersection of Malcolm Avenue and Douglas Drive on the report of a male and female arguing in a car. A witness heard the female yell “call the police.”

When police arrived, they made contact with the female who was in her car. She said she and Smith had gotten into a fight. He was driving the car and as they approached Red Wing Boulevard, he put the car in park and hit her in the back of her head. She told him to get out of the car. Smith took her phone and got out of the car. He tried to take the car keys, but she stopped him.