Brainerd man faces assault charge after allegedly hitting doctor

A 58-year-old man from Brainerd faces a fourth-degree assault charge for allegedly hitting an emergency room doctor in Crosby.

James Julius Herman appeared for a solo felony on July 8 in Crow Wing County District Court in Brainerd. The charge stems from a 911 call made at 9:56 p.m. on July 6 from the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center regarding an assault in the emergency room.

According to the criminal complaint, an emergency room doctor told officers in Crosby that Herman was one of his patients and he punched him in the face. The doctor explained that Herman was in the emergency room for a mental health assessment and refused to provide blood samples. Herman punched the doctor after being told he would be immobilized, according to the complaint.

Herman was arrested and transported to Crow Wing County Jail. Herman agreed to give a statement to the police and said the doctor was rude and threatened to coerce him, and that’s it, according to the complaint. When asked if Herman punched the emergency room doctor, Herman replied that he “(swore) slapped” the doctor.

The judge set the conditional bail at $ 10,000 and since then Herman has been released from prison. The conditions include holding all future court hearings, prohibiting entry into a bar or liquor establishment, not possessing any dangerous firearms or weapons, and not consuming alcohol. alcohol or controlled substances.

Herman, who posted bail and was released from prison, has his next court hearing on August 19.

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