Man pleads guilty after allegedly knocking Normandale teacher unconscious, assaulting 2 others

Gavin Mitchell Hutson Photo: Bloomington Police Department
Gavin Mitchell Hutson

April 17, 2019 04:57 PM

The man accused of knocking a Normandale Community College teacher unconscious and assaulting two others while he fled has pleaded guilty to assault and carrying a gun without a permit.

According to court documents, Gavin Hutson, 21, entered the plea Monday to one count of third-degree assault (substantial bodily harm), two counts of fifth-degree assault (attempting to inflict bodily harm) and one count of carrying a pistol without a permit.


The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said Hutson was in a class at Normandale on Dec. 12 of last year when his teacher, previously identified as a 51-year-old woman, asked him to stay after class to talk about an "inappropriate remark" he made to another student.

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After class, Hutson allegedly hit her, knocking her unconscious, and continued punching the instructor after she fell to the ground, a witness told authorities, according to the attorney's office.

After another teacher ran in to help, the attorney's office says Hutson punched the second teacher, cutting his forehead, and then pushed another student as he ran out of the school. Police later found Hutson in a nearby parking ramp with bloodly hands and sleeves, and arrested him.

The attorney's office said the 51-year-old instructor suffered two broken bones in her face.

Police found a loaded semi-automatic pistol with additional ammunition inside Hutson's backpack, which he left in the classroom, the attorney's office said.

Hutson is set for sentencing on June 17.

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