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District Court, Kandiyohi County, Oct. 16

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Willmar, 56201

Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Carlos Rueben Espinoza, 22, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on three separate felony cases for possessing a pistol or assault weapon within 10 years of violent crime conviction, domestic assault and property damage.

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Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 and conditional bail at $25,000 in the weapons case. He was ordered to have no contact with a Willmar woman, be excluded from her home and possess no firearms or dangerous weapons. His next appearance is Oct. 27.

According to that complaint, on July 23, a Willmar police officer was dispatched to a street corner for a domestic incident. A woman there said Espinoza had been using and dealing meth, carrying handguns and becoming more violent and threatening. She wanted him and the guns out of her home. Back at the house, the woman handed over a bag that contained a .22-caliber revolver, with all six cylinders loaded with rifle ammunition. Espinoza first claimed the gun, but then denied possession of the firearm.

Another woman said he bought the gun soon after getting out of jail. A review of his criminal history shows a previous adjudication in October 2001 for third-degree assault in Swift County, another adjudication, for another third-degree assault in November 2001 and a third adjudication in Kandiyohi County for third-degree burglary in July 2003. He also has a conviction in November 2006 for first-degree criminal damage to property.

Unconditional bail was set at $25,000 in another case, involving a felony charge of property damage, plus a gross misdemeanor for domestic assault and misdemeanors for disorderly conduct and motor vehicle tampering. Conditional bail was allowed at $15,000, provided he have no contact with a Hawick woman and be excluded from her home.

According to the complaint, a Willmar officer was called around 1 p.m. Sept. 20 to the Law Enforcement Center parking lot. One of the women there said she was at a local supermarket getting gas when Espinoza approached and assaulted her, threaten her and damaged her vehicle by throwing a rock at the door, causing a dent. He had also pounded on the vehicle's stereo, cut the dash and smashed some sunglasses. The estimated repairs were $2,162.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 in a third felony case, involving damage to property. Conditional bail was set at $10,000

According to that complaint, police were called around 11:30 a.m. Sept. 21 to a Willmar home for a domestic. A woman there said Espinoza had been looking for something and was out of control breaking things. He had knocked a television onto the floor and broke the TV's case and threw a Nintendo Wii across the room. He had left when she called authorities, but had punched the driver's side door of her van, causing a dent that was estimated at $942 to repair.

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