WILLMAR -- Three siblings made their first court appearances Wednesday on property damage and assault charges for their alleged roles in assaulting a man and causing more than $3,000 in damage to his vehicle.
Ernestina Gomez, 30, Crystal Ruth Gomez, 23, and Marc Anthony Gomez, 34, are each charged with one felony and one misdemeanor in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 for each. All three make their next appearance on Nov. 13.
According to the complaints against the trio, Willmar police were called around 11:20 p.m. Sept. 15 to the El Tapatio restaurant along First Street South. A man there said that Marc Gomez assaulted him in a restroom and then all three of the siblings followed him to a vehicle in the parking lot where they continued to assault him and damage his vehicle. The man reported that the attack was unprovoked. He went to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.
The officers found that the body of his vehicle was dented and the paint was scraped.
Officers went to the Gomez residence, found the lights and television on, but no one answered the door.
Two days later, the man gave a further statement to police, including Marc Gomez hit him in the restaurant, but that all three participated in the assault and vehicle damage in the parking lot.
Police contacted all three of the siblings, who gave various statements admitting or denying that they were at the restaurant or that there was an altercation that evening.
Two witnesses told officers that they were with the man at the restaurant to watch a boxing match. They said they saw Marc Gomez assault the man while his sisters and another man stood by the restroom door. They broke up the assault, told employees to call the cops and went outside to a vehicle with the man. They said that Marc Gomez opened the front door of the vehicle and continued to punch the man while Ernestina Gomez got into the back seat of the vehicle and hit the man from behind. One of the men called law enforcement on his cell phone and then the Gomez siblings left.
The estimate to fix the damage to the vehicle was $3,128.14.