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

This is the records summary for March 18.

Motor vehicle theft

WILLMAR -- The theft of a 1989 Ford van was reported around 2 p.m. Wednesday along the 400 block of Benson Avenue Southeast.

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Burglary

PENNOCK -- A home burglary and the theft of a safe, cash and other items was reported around 7:25 p.m. Wednesday along Second Street Southeast.

Property damage

WILLMAR -- A smashed vehicle window was reported around 12:35 p.m. Thursday along the 400 block of 13th Street Northwest.

Arrests

WILLMAR -- A 20-year-old male was arrested on charges of domestic assault around 9:45 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Sixth Street and Highway 12 East.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- Benito Sanchez, 20, of Willmar made his first appearance Thursday on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for impregnating a 14-year-old girl.

Unconditional bail was set at $70,000 with conditional bail at $10,000. His next appearance is March 28.

According to the complaint, a Willmar Police detective began investigating a sexual assault on Feb. 16. The report included that a now-16-year-old girl had a baby born in January 2010 and Sanchez was the father of the child. The child was conceived when the girl was 14 and Sanchez was 19 years old.

Both were interviewed and Sanchez admitted he was the father of the child. A paternity test showed that it is 99.99 percent likely that Sanchez is the father. In January 2011, he was adjudicated as the father in a family court case.

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