Grand jury indicts Hopkins man on criminal sexual conduct, assault charges

A  Hopkins man was indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges, including criminal sexual conduct, according to a release from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office. 

The attorney's office said 24-year-old DeQuarn Markeyth Bell was indicted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree assault, and one count of soliciting prostitution. 

The grand jury returned the indictment against him on Jan. 23. 

According to a criminal complaint, Hopkins police were called on Sept. 9 to a gas station on the report of a domestic assault. When officers arrived at the gas station, they met with the victim who said Bell had assaulted her in July. 

The victim told investigators that Bell burned her in multiple places with a hot curling iron. The victim also said Bell would not let her leave the apartment following the assault. 

The victim was finally able to escape on foot to the gas station to call the police. 

The complaint says when officers searched Bell's apartment, they were able to recover a curling iron. 

When speaking with investigators, the victim said Bell had also sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint.

A jury trial is expected to begin on Sept. 9. Bell is in custody with bail set at $2 million.