This is the records summary for Sept 19.
WILLMAR — The theft of an iPod, valued at $200, was reported around 6 p.m. Tuesday along the 3100 block of Seventh Avenue Northwest.
WILLMAR — A burglary was reported around 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Family Dollar store, 608 Litchfield Ave. S.W. Missing items included packages of cigarettes.
WILLMAR — A garage fire was reported just before 4 a.m. Wednesday at 816 Third St. S.E.
According to Willmar Fire Chief Gary Hendrickson, the fire was fully involved when fire crews arrived and the garage and contents were a total loss. The investigation into the blaze determined that the cause was a faulty electrical outlet.
- Hector Hernandez, 42, of Willmar, was sentenced Wednesday to 100 days in jail, a $1,500 fine and five years of probation on a third-degree drug sale charge for selling cocaine to a CEE-VI informant in November.
Hernandez was also ordered to follow the recommendations of a chemical use assessment and not use or possess drugs or alcohol. He was given credit for two days already served.
As part of a plea agreement, three felony charges of fifth-degree sale and possession for selling marijuana and possessing marijuana and cocaine, plus a misdemeanor charge for possessing a dangerous weapon, were dismissed.
The third-degree count was filed after Nov. 8, 2012, when an informant purchased 0.7 grams of cocaine from Hernandez. Hernandez met the informant at his residence and then traveled to Regency West trailer park. Hernandez told the informant to drive around for a few minutes while he picked up the drugs and later handed over the bag of white powder for $100.
The other charges were filed after April 12, when CEE-VI agents served a search warrant on Hernandez’s home, along the 1000 block of Becker Avenue Southeast, and found scales with marijuana residue, a switchblade, numerous baggie corners containing a measurable amount of cocaine, which added up to less than a half gram, and numerous bags of marijuana. Marijuana was located in the kitchen, basement and a bedroom of the home and totaled 173.5 grams, or 0.38 lb.
- Abass Warsame Mumin, 23, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two felony charges of financial card transaction fraud and a gross misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault.
As part of a plea agreement, two additional counts of financial card transaction fraud and a first-degree witness tampering charge will be dismissed. He also waived extradition on a felony charge of begin a fugitive from justice and will be returned to Colorado, where he faces a probation violation on a criminal impersonation charge.
He will be sentenced Oct. 18.
One of the sets of financial card transaction fraud was filed after a woman reported to Willmar police on July 21 that she had forgotten her debit card at a local gas station and that when she went back to the store, video footage showed a man, identified as Mowalid Muse Hirsi, 28, of Willmar, taking the card. There were multiple fraudulent charges on the card.
Hirsi’s next appearance is Sept. 25. A felony charge against Francisco Fredrick Galvan, 32, of Willmar, was dismissed Wednesday as part of a plea agreement in a drug sale case.
Video footage at several local businesses showed Hirsi and Mumin using the card to make $1,100 in purchases. Two people reported that Hirsi and Mumin had offered them liquor to drive them around to the stores. Information was later sent to the police department that Galvan had used the card to make an online purchase of a cell phone, which was delivered to an address where he had been living.
The other set of financial transaction card fraud charges was filed after Aug. 13, when a man reported to Willmar Police that he’d inadvertently left his wallet in a vehicle. The man said two Somali men, identified by their nicknames and Mumin and Hirsi, had driven him to a gas station to buy cigarettes. The man was later informed by his bank that his account was overdrawn and $331.92 in charges had been made on his debit card.
Video footage from a location where the card was used showed Mumin making a purchase. Mumin, nickname of “M60”, was arrested on another charge the next day and his clothing stored at the jail included the same items he was wearing in the video footage.
Hirsi was interviewed and said he gave the man a ride and agreed that his nickname is “Biggie” or “Moe.”
The assault and witness tampering charges were filed after July 16, when Willmar police officers were called to an assault in the downtown area. A man reported that he’d been assaulted by a group of people, including that Hirsi had held him as Mumin hit him in retaliation for the man talking with law enforcement about a theft incident.
Hirsi faces misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charges for the incident. His next appearance in that case is also Sept. 25.
- Christopher Michael Mead, 24, of Willmar, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday on a felony charge of domestic assault for assaulting a woman in June.
He was sentenced to 21 months in prison, which was stayed, 180 days in jail, a $50 fine and five years of probation. He was also ordered to submit to a domestic abuse evaluation and follow the recommendations, not use or possess weapons or firearms and stay away from the victim.
As part of a plea agreement, another felony for fifth-degree assault was dismissed.
The charges were filed after June 16, when a woman reported the assault at an apartment building in the southeast quadrant of the city. The woman said Mead had fled on foot. She had an abrasion on her lip and rug burns on her knee.
The woman said that she heard a knock on her door and peeked through the peephole to see two men, one of whom she knew. When she opened the door, Mead, whom she didn’t see through the peephole, came running at her, shoving his foot in the door and causing the door to hit her in the face. The woman said Mead grabbed her by the arms, demanded that she give him a sweatshirt back and then dragged her into the hallway and threw her to the floor when she said she didn’t have the sweatshirt.
- Michael Anthony Diaz, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a second-degree drug sale charge for selling cocaine to an informant for the CEE-VI Drug Task Force between December and March.
He will be sentenced Oct. 14. As part of a plea agreement, three felony charges for possession of drugs and a machine gun or short-barreled shotgun, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of possessing a pistol or assault weapon as a user of controlled substance, will be dismissed.
The drug sale charge was filed after the informant purchased cocaine from Diaz on Dec. 12, Dec. 19, Dec. 20, Feb. 27 and March 8 with all of the purchases happening at a Regency Estates West home along the 400 block of 30th Avenue Northwest.
The other charges were filed after cocaine, pills and a sawed-off shotgun were found march 12 after CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents served a search warrant on Diaz’s home. The agents found marijuana, cocaine, a digital scale, plastic bag corners with cocaine residue, 35 methadone pills and a shotgun with a shortened barrel in the home.
- Eric James Mord, 28, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on three felony charges of first-degree burglary and simple robbery for allegedly entering a home on Sept. 9, assaulting a man and stealing a game system from the home.
Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Sept. 30. He also faces misdemeanor charges of theft and possession of legend drugs.
According to the complaint, Willmar Police were called around 7:45 a.m. Sept. 9 to a home in the southwest quadrant of the city on a report of a theft and a fight. The report included that the suspect, Mord, had left the residence.
A man there reported that Mord had pushed his way into the home, took a Play Station game system and game cartridge because he claimed they owned him money for a broken bicycle and then punched the man in the face. The man and another person at the home had attempted to keep Mord at the home while they called for police.
Mord was arrested Tuesday and, when interviewed by police, claimed he had an open invitation to the home and that the other guy had punched him. An officer was allowed to search a garage where Mord was storing his possessions and found prescription medications. A man interviewed by police told officers that Mord had offered him a Play Station as payment because Mord had wrecked a bicycle owned by the man.