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

This is the records summary for Oct. 16.

Willmar Police investigating armed robbery of gas station

WILLMAR -- The Willmar Police Department is investigating an early morning robbery of a local gas station.

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According to a news release from Sgt. Michael Anderson, two suspects entered the Holiday station along the 800 block of Litchfield Avenue Southwest around 1 a.m. Monday, demanded cash from the cash register and fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

The first suspect is described as approximately 5-foot, 10-inches tall, 190 lbs. He had a light-colored facemask, an orange hooded sweatshirt and black jeans during the robbery.

The second suspect is described as 5-feet tall, weighing 140 lbs. He was wearing a dark facemask, a black hooded sweatshirt with white writing or design on it and black jeans during the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the department at 320-235-2244 or Crime Stoppers at 320-235-3640.

Burglary

WILLMAR -- A home burglary was reported around 10 a.m. Monday along the 400 block of 30th Street Northwest.

Theft

HAWICK -- The theft of Frisbee golf equipment was reported around 3 p.m. Sunday along the 15000 block of 165th Avenue Northeast.

Arrest

WILLMAR -- A 47-year-old man was arrested on charges of violating an order for protection around 10 a.m. Monday along the 3100 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Daniel Guevara, 53, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of terroristic threats.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for second-degree assault and misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct and property damage will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 16.

According to the complaint, the charges were filed after Aug. 15, when Guevara was arrested after a man flagged a police officer down and said that Guevara had threatened him with a knife. The man said he had asked Guevara to pay for cleaning his car, because Guevara had dumped orange juice and beer inside it a few days before. When the man threatened to call law enforcement, Guevara threatened him with the knife.

Officers found Guevara sitting on a bench downtown. Guevara appeared to be intoxicated and had a cane with him. When questioned about the cane, he handed it to an officer who found that it hid a dagger-like knife.

- Joseph Balboa, 27, and Amanda Michelle Garberding, 27, of Willmar, made their first appearances Friday on felony charges of fifth-degree drug sale and possession, for storing methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child and for selling synthetic cannabinoid.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 for Balboa and at $10,000 for Garberding. Both make their next appearance Oct. 22.

According to the complaints, a confidential informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force allegedly arranged the purchase of 15.3 grams of marijuana from Balboa on Sept. 13 at his residence. The informant went to the home and bought the drugs from Garberding.

On Oct. 5, task force agents performed a garbage search on the home and found drug paraphernalia and baggies with cut corners, a sign that the bags are used for drugs.

On Thursday, agents executed a search warrant on the residence and arrested Balboa. They located paraphernalia with meth and synthetic cannabinoid residue.

Garberding came to the residence and was arrested. Also located in the home during the search were two young children, ages 1 and 2.

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