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This is the records summary for Aug. 22.

Man wanted for sex crime apprehended

in Texas

WILLMAR -- The 21-year-old man wanted by Willmar Police in connection to the July 29 sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl in Willmar has been apprehended in Texas.

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According to the Willmar Police Facebook page, Esequiel Gomez Jr. was taken into custody in Randall County, Texas.

The police department posting also thanks everyone for passing the word and for information received in the case.

Paynesville woman, Balaton man hurt in Lyon County crash

MARSHALL -- A Paynesville woman and a Balaton man both sustained injuries in a two-vehicle crash around 11:40 a.m. Monday north of Marshall.

According to the State Patrol, Mark A. Harbo, 54, of Balaton, was driving westbound on County Road 33 in a 2001 Dodge pickup and collided at the intersection with State Highway 23 with a southbound 2011 Mercedes driven by Annette Mohs, 31, of Paynesville.

Both drivers were taken to Avera Marshall Hospital for treatment of their non-life threatening injuries.

Theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of a backpack containing an iPad, books and other items was reported around 3:20 p.m. Monday at Ridgewater College, 2101 15th Ave. N.W.

NEW LONDON -- The theft of prescription medications was reported around 3:40 p.m. Monday along Glen Oaks Drive.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- A burglary and the theft of a laptop was reported around 6:15 p.m. Monday along the 1300 block of 24th Street Northwest.

WILLMAR -- The theft of a scooter was reported around 6:30 p.m. Monday along the 1300 block of Willmar Avenue Southwest.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- A smashed window on a vehicle was reported around 2 a.m. Tuesday along High Avenue Northeast.

SPICER -- Property damage and the theft of gas was reported around 9 a.m. Tuesday along the 4600 block of 132nd Avenue Northeast.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Ricardo Daniel Gomez, 36, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 13 months in prison, 176 days in the county jail, three years of probation and a $1,000 fine on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle for a Feb. 28 police pursuit in Willmar.

Gomez as also ordered to pay a $50 fine on a gross misdemeanor charge for driving after cancellation - inimical to public safety. He was given credit for 176 days already served.

Gomez, Shae Marie Johnson, 19, and Kayla Marie Eliason, 23, of Willmar, were all arrested after the early morning police pursuit.

Johnson was sentenced in May to 120 days in jail, 60 hours of community work service, five years of probation and a $300 fine on a fifth-degree drug possession charge.

Eliason pleaded guilty to a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession on July 2. A warrant was issued after she failed to appear for her Aug. 7 sentencing.

The charges were filed after the pursuit began when a Willmar police officer observed a vehicle that was speeding around 3:45 a.m. Feb. 28 at the intersection of First Street and Willmar Avenue. The officer gave chase and followed the car south on First Street to 19th Avenue, west on 19th Avenue to Fifth Street and then north to 15th Avenue Southwest. Upon reaching the area of Fifth Street and 15th Avenue Southwest, the driver fled from the vehicle on foot.

The officer contained the female passengers, who were found to be in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, pills and drug paraphernalia. While the officer and a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy were searching the vehicle, they heard what sounded like a police scanner. Johnson admitted to using an application on her phone to listen to police radio traffic to hear what the officers were saying during the pursuit.

Police officers searched the area and were alerted to Gomez' location by a complaint that a man was pounding on doors. They found Gomez inside a building and arrested him.

- Zeppelin Michael Peterson, 21, of Willmar, pleaded guilty to one felony and one misdemeanor charge of property damage, plus two counts of misdemeanor fifth-degree assault for damaging property and threatening clients and staff at the boys' group home for Prairie Lakes Youth Programs and damaging property at Matthew House in Willmar.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for property damage, for damaging furnishings at Rice Memorial Hospital, will be dismissed and Peterson will be responsible for restitution on all of the charges. The restitution amount for two of the three cases is $6,715. He will be sentenced Sept. 25.

According to the Prairies Lakes complaint, a Willmar Police officer was called around 6:40 p.m. June 29 to the group home, along Lakeland Drive Northeast, on a report that someone was causing damage at the home. The officer arrived to find Peterson holding a rock over his head, attempting to smash a car window. He was taken into custody.

A staff member reported that Peterson had also broken several windows with rocks and landscaping bricks, thrown a shovel at a staff member and dented the door of a car with a shovel.

Peterson's other property damage charge was filed after June 23, when he damaged furnishings in the Rice Institute for Counseling and Education unit at Rice Hospital. Staff there had been working with Peterson, who had tipped over computer monitors, a television, tables and chairs and damaged a coffeemaker and bookcase.

The misdemeanor property damage charge was filed after officers were called to Matthew House, 619 Trott Avenue Southwest, regarding a suicidal man. They arrived to find Peterson outside of the home. Peterson entered the house and damaged items, including tipping over a freezer and breaking furniture and dishes.

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