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This is the records summary for Nov. 21.

Child treated at scene of bicycle crash

WILLMAR — A 10-year-old boy was treated by paramedics at the scene of a crash involving a bicycle and a car around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Second Street and Minnesota Avenue Southeast.


According to the crash report by Willmar Police, Shansadine Houssein was riding a bicycle southbound on Second Street, on the wrong side of the road, when a 2004 Pontiac driven by Brianna Hoover, 19, of Willmar, struck the back tire of his bike.

Hoover told police that she hit the brakes, but could not stop. She was westbound on Minnesota Avenue.


WILLMAR — A burglary and the theft of a laptop computer was reported around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday along the 1100 block of Lake Avenue Northwest.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Abel Ricardo Mendoza III, 26, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony escape from custody charge for not returning to the jail from his community service work assignment in June and to a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault charge for assaulting a man in May.

As part of a plea agreement, the assault charge was reduced from felony level and another misdemeanor charge for property damage will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Dec. 23.

The assault charge was filed after a man reported to police on April 27 that Mendoza had assaulted him in the parking lot of Cash Wise Foods in Willmar. The man said he’d been waiting in a vehicle when Mendoza and another man drove up and came to his vehicle. The man got out, but was standing between the car and the door when Mendoza hit him in the head and face. The man had apparently talked to Mendoza’s girlfriend.

The escape from custody charge was filed after June 19, when Mendoza was in jail on a fifth-degree controlled substance possession, and for felony fifth-degree assault, and failed to return to the jail with the community service work crew. Others said that Mendoza left in another vehicle when the rest of the crew boarded the county van to go back to the jail.

- Matthew Harold Holmgren, 20, of New London, made his first appearance Wednesday on two felony charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

His next appearance is Feb. 13.

According to the complaint, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s detective interviewed a girl on Oct. 15, who reported that she had just turned 16 and that she’d had sex with Holmgren on two occasions in August and October. The girl said that Holmgren knew she was only 15 years old.

Holmgren was interviewed and initially denied the allegations, but then allegedly admitted to sex with the girl on the two occasions. He also allegedly admitted that he knew she was 15 years old.

- Luis Gerardo Nieves, 17, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of third-degree drug possession for possessing 4 grams of methamphetamine.

His next appearance is Dec. 12.

Nieves also faces a petty misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old defendants are public record.

According to the petition, a Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputy stopped a vehicle around 10 p.m. Tuesday evening. The driver was identified as Nieves and the passenger as a missing juvenile female. The girl was taken to the crisis center at her parent’s request.

Around midnight, a Willmar police officer was called to the center, as the girl had reported that she had drugs on her person that belonged to Nieves.

At the center, an adult serving as an interpreter for the girl’s mother told the officer that Nieves had called them, asking them to get the drugs from the girl, as the meth and marijuana belonged to Nieves.

The girl said that Nieves had given her the drugs as they were being stopped by the deputy and that she’d hidden them on her person. She handed over two bags, one containing a green leafy substance and one containing a white powdery substance. The girl also said she didn’t realize how much drugs there were or that Nieves even had drugs before he handed them to her.

The items were weighed and tested and determined to be 4 grams of meth and 2 grams of marijuana.

The adult called the officer after the initial report, and stated that Nieves had again called him and said the Nieves would be waiting outside of their residence to get the drugs.

Officers went to the location and arrested Nieves, who denied the drugs belonged to him and questioned how he could be arrested because the law officers didn’t catch him with drugs on his person.