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Assault charged lodged against city man

Even though Chris Hulbert filed a protection from abuse order against boyfriend Matthew Barnes, she invited him to her apartment at 712 W. Third St. on Wednesday night, city police said in an affidavit.

However once there, Barnes, 46, of 353 W. Third St., and Hilburt began to argue and soon the situation escalated to a physical confrontation, police alleged. Barnes bit the woman on the top of the head and punched her several times before pushing her on the ground, court records stated. The woman suffered severe back pain, police said.

Following his arraignment before Solomon on charges of simple assault and harassment, Barnes was initially jailed, but has since been released on $60,000 bail.

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