Man pleads to domestic assault in stabbing incident
WILLMAR -- Daniel Loera, 26, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of domestic assault for a Aug. 26 incident in which he stabbed a woman.
As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, two felony charges of second-degree assault will be dismissed.
Loera's plea was accepted as an Alford plea. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt, but admits there is likely enough evidence for a conviction. It is, however, treated as a guilty plea.
He will be sentenced Jan. 31.
The cha-rges were filed after Willmar pol-ice were ca-lled around 11:45 a.m. Aug. 26 to the 400 bl-ock of 15th Street Sou-thwest. Several witnesses reported seeing a man and a woman arguing there. They said the woman yelled for help and the man had tried to force her into a vehicle. The witnesses reported the man and woman had since left the area. They said the woman did not want them to report the incident.
Other witnesses reported seeing the woman bleeding from her shoulder area. They said she was screaming for help, but not to call the police.
Witnesses described the man involved as having a tattoo on his head. They said he looked like he was high on drugs and reported seeing the man strike the woman with an object from his pocket.
Around 4:30 p.m. that day, officials at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar informed police of a person in urgent care with a stab wound. The patient's physical description matched those of the woman given by the witnesses earlier in the day. The officer recognized the woman and knew she had a relationship with Loera, who has a numeral "13" gang sign tattooed on his head.
The woman was bruised and had suffered a 1- to 2-inch cut on her arm below the shoulder that was deeper than a flesh wound.
She refused to cooperate with law enforcement.
A witness later identified Loera from a photo lineup and said Loera had punched and assaulted the woman.
Officers later discovered Loera in the same area of the assault. He was arrested and in the process attempted to give another person a knife. The officers took the knife and searched the other person's vehicle, locating another knife and a blood-stained, white T-shirt.