Four in custody for fight, stabbing over soccer game in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR — Four men are in the Kandiyohi County Jail on charges of second-degree assault and liability for crimes of another for their roles in an early morning stabbing incident Saturday that began as an argument over a soccer game.
According to Willmar Police Chief David Wyffels, three of the men are also detained by the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement — a 20-year-old, a 21-year-old and a 31-year-old, all from Willmar.
The fourth man held in the stabbing is a 31-year-old from Willmar.
The men are expected to make their first court appearance on the charges today in Kandiyohi County District Court.
The victim was a 23-year-old Hispanic male who had multiple stab wounds. Officers arrived to find the four men at the scene and used a stun gun to subdue one of the men, who was still holding a knife and refusing to put down the weapon.
The Police Department’s first contact in connection to the incident was around 12:40 a.m. Saturday when officers were called to a fight at the Caribbean Club in northwest Willmar.
However, the club’s security staff and patrons were reluctant to inform the police of the cause of the fight and who was involved.
The Police Department’s gang unit was patrolling the Willow Run apartment area, along the 400 block of 15th Street Southwest, around 1:15 a.m. Saturday and observed a van that had left the fight scene at the Caribbean Club.
The gang unit officers were still in the area when the stabbing call was received by the dispatch center around 1:22 a.m. Also responding were deputies from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Willmar Ambulance Service.
A witness to the stabbing told investigators that the incident started as an argument, leading to the fight at the club and the stabbing at the apartment complex, over a soccer game earlier in the day.