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

This is the records summary for Jan. 16.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Sebastian Arthur Arevalo, 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday on a misdemeanor charge of theft by swindle.

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As part of a plea agreement, a third-degree drug sale charge was dismissed. Arevalo was sentenced to 20 days in jail, which was stayed, a $300 fine and one year of probation. He was also ordered to pay $100 in restitution.

The charges were filed after May 9, 2012, when a CEE-VI informant attempted to buy 0.8 grams of methamphetamine from Arevalo, with the informant meeting Arevalo at the Willow Run Apartments and giving him $100 for the drugs. However, Arevalo did not give the informant any drugs, telling the informant that he could not come to meet him because there were police officers around and eventually just ignoring the informant’s text messages about the drugs. The informant identified Arevalo in a photo as the man who took the money for the drugs.

- Marc Anthony Gomez, 34, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor property damage and a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault for his role in assaulting a man and causing more than $3,000 in damage to his vehicle in September at a Willmar restaurant.

As part of a plea agreement, the property damage charge was reduced from felony level and another first-degree property damage charge will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Feb. 25.

Gomez and two sisters, Ernestina Gomez, 30, and Crystal Ruth Gomez, 24, were each charged in connection to the incident. Both of the women make their next appearance on Feb. 14.

According to the complaints against the trio, Willmar police were called around 11:20 p.m. Sept. 15 to El Tapatio restaurant along First Street South. A man there said that Marc Gomez assaulted him in a restroom and then all three of the siblings followed him to a vehicle in the parking lot where they continued to assault him and damage his vehicle. The man reported that the attack was unprovoked. He went to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The officers found that the body of his vehicle was dented and the paint was scraped. The estimate to fix the damage to the vehicle was $3,128.14.

Two days later, the man gave a further statement to police, including that Marc Gomez hit him in the restaurant, but that all three participated in the assault and vehicle damage in the parking lot. Police contacted all three of the siblings, who gave various statements admitting or denying that they were at the restaurant or that there was an altercation that evening.

Two witnesses told officers that they were with the man at the restaurant to watch a boxing match. They said they saw Marc Gomez assault the man while his sisters and another man stood by the restroom door. They broke up the assault, told employees to call the police and went outside to a vehicle with the man. They said that Marc Gomez opened the front door of the vehicle and continued to punch the man while Ernestina Gomez got into the back seat of the vehicle and hit the man from behind. One of the men called law enforcement on his cell phone and then the Gomez siblings left.

- Stephanie Maye Reyna, 31, of Kerkhoven, was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail, 80 hours of community service, a $100 fine and five years of probation on a felony charge of issuing a dishonored check.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony charge was dismissed. She was also ordered to pay $749.94 in restitution.

The charges were filed after May 18, when Reyna began writing a series of six checks totaling $696.64 to four businesses in Willmar. The checks were written on the account of Stephanie Reyna at Wells Fargo Bank, but the bank reported no such account existed.

- Jaime Roberto Mejia Bonilla, 33, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on three felony charges of forgery and aggravated forgery for allegedly using another man’s name to gain employment.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Jan. 28.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called Nov. 22 to a domestic assault at an apartment complex in the city. The female victim said that Mejia Bonilla, the suspect in the assault, used another name for work purposes at a job he had held for three weeks at Willmar Poultry Company. She said he is from El Salvador and had two state identification cards, one in his real name and another in the name of Gilberto H. Carrio Bauzo.

The investigation revealed that two identification cards had been issued, and then canceled by the state Department of Vehicle Services, because the same person had used two names and two dates of birth. Human resources officials at Willmar Poultry provided the police with signed employment documents and copies of identification and Social Security cards in the Bauzo name.

Mejia Bonilla was interviewed in December and allegedly admitted to using the false name because his work visa had expired and said that he was in the process of correcting that situation, but that he needed to work to support his family.

- Erasmo Espirdian Ozornia, 32, of Willmar, made his first appearance Monday on a felony charge of third-degree assault for allegedly assaulting a man in January 2012 at a Willmar restaurant.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is Feb. 21. Ozornia also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 11:15 p.m. Jan. 5, 2012, to the Green Mill on an assault. The officers located a man who said he had been hit in the head and knocked unconscious by someone. He said he did not see who hit him and several witnesses refused to talk to the police. The man was taken to the emergency room at Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Subsequent interviews with witnesses revealed that one of the people who was with the victim could identify the alleged assailant. The woman picked Ozornia from a photo lineup. Two other witnesses said they saw Ozornia at the bar that night.

A report from the hospital included that the man suffered facial contusions and facial fractures from the assault.

Ozornia has a prior conviction for domestic assault in December 2011.

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