Eagan musician charged with felony assault

Bernard Allison
Bernard Allison

An Eagan blues musician faces felony charges for allegedly strangling his girlfriend during a dispute over music on the radio.

Bernard Allison, 47, was charged on Feb. 13 in Dakota County District Court with felony domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor domestic assault.

The criminal complaint lists a Lakeville address for Allison and states he began arguing about music on the radio Feb. 11 with his girlfriend with whom he shared an Eagan apartment. Allison then allegedly began choking her for about a minute until a third person intervened.

After the incident, the woman went into the bathroom to shower and heard glass break as Allison allegedly attempt to force his way into the bathroom. The woman called a neighbor and asked him to come to the apartment. When the neighbor arrived, the woman left the bathroom and Allison began to yell at her and pull her hair, according to the complaint.

The woman went to the neighbor’s apartment and called police.

When officers arrived, they found a broken glass picture frame and red marks on the woman’s neck.

In an interview with police, Allison alledgedly admitted to choking the woman during a dispute over music.

Allison is a well-known blues guitarist who has toured the country with various blues groups as well as a solo artist since the early 1980s.

He is the son of the late blues great Luther Allison.

He has a prior conviction for misdemeanor domestic assault from 2002.

If convicted, Allison faces up to three years in jail for the felony charge and up to 90 days in jail for the misdemeanor charge.

Allison is currently out on bail and is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. May 14 in Hastings.