A Richfield man has been charged with assault after allegedly punching a woman when she refused to let him take her car Feb. 12.
Michael Edward Jackson, 32, is charged with felony domestic assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. He also faces a petty misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.
According to the criminal complaint, the victim told Richfield Police that Jackson had assaulted her after she refused to let him borrow her car. She stated in the complaint that when she went to the car to keep him from taking it, Jackson pulled her out of it, punched her in the side of the head and then drove away.
Police took Jackson into custody several hours later as he left a bar. According to the complaint, officers found 32 grams of marijuana in his pocket during a search.
Jackson was charged with felony domestic assault because his criminal record includes three domestic assault-related convictions. He was convicted in 2003 of domestic assault, in 2009 of interfering with an emergency call and is on probation for a 2010 conviction for violating a protection order.
Jackson is free on a $10,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 21 in Hennepin County District Court.