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

This is the records summary for June 18.

'MacGyver' bomb damages mailbox

LITCHFIELD -- The Meeker County Sheriff's Office is asking the public's help in its investigation of an exploded mailbox.

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A homemade explosive device, or "MacGyver"-type bomb made out of a plastic bottle, was used to damage a mailbox on 273rd Street in rural Dassel. The vandalism was reported at 2 p.m. Thursday and is believed to have occurred during the overnight hours, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office takes all mailbox damage seriously, especially the type in this case. Sheriff Jeff Norlin asks anyone who may have information in this case, or sees any suspicious activity near a mailbox, to contact the Sheriff's Office. A deputy will check out any reports.

Any information that can be safely obtained will be helpful, especially any part of or a full license plate number. Sheriff Norlin adds that if the action or suspicious activity is in progress to call 911.

District Court

Kandiyohi County

- The stay of execution on a 33-month prison sentence for Jimmy Alexander Gogoi, 21, of Willmar, was revoked at his request Thursday.

Gogoi requested the execution at a revocation hearing that was prompted by probation violations, including not abstaining from using drugs and alcohol and not attending Alcoholics Anonymous.

Gogoi was given credit for 372 days already served on the second-degree assault charge for hitting a man in the head with a crowbar in January 2009. He was originally sentenced in January 2010.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called Jan. 29, 2009, to an apartment complex near Ridgewater College along the 1300 block of 24th Street Northwest.

A citizen reported that a shot was fired by a man and a large group of people was gathered in the courtyard.

Officers approached the man who had fired the shot and found that he had blood on his face and large gashes on his forehead and the back of his head.

The man was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar for treatment, which included sutures to close the wounds.

The man was interviewed at the hospital and said he had been at a party, had left and later found a large group of people gathered nearby. He said he loaded his shotgun and left it in the apartment, went out to talk to the group and was struck in the head. He returned to get the gun and fired it in the air to scare off the attackers.

A police investigation led officers to another man, who said the injured man had been involved in an altercation at the party and the group had gathered to confront him. He said Gogoi was the only person to strike the man with the crowbar and did so four to five times.

The injured man later identified Gogoi from a photo lineup.

- Fredis Geovany Borjas, 32, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges of third-degree assault and aggravated forgery.

As part of a plea agreement, another felony for aggravated forgery and a misdemeanor assault charge will be dismissed. Borjas, who is also known as Jorge Delgado, will be sentenced July 18.

The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 1:20 p.m. May 21 to Nelsen Launderers, 220 Benson Ave. S.W., on an assault report. They arrived to find a man bleeding from a large, deep laceration in his left arm. An ambulance was called and the man was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment of the cut.

Two witnesses reported that Borjas had entered the building and fought with the man, throwing the man into a window and causing the cut. One of the witnesses reported that she had a relationship with Borjas and was currently dating the other man. An officer went to the hospital and interviewed the man, who said he was grabbed from behind and assaulted by Borjas, whom he knew as someone who had dated the woman. He said he had no idea why he was assaulted.

The next day, officers received information that Borjas was living on the southeast side of town and using the Delgado name to work. He was arrested and admitted to fighting with the man and to using the false name. He said he had bought the birth certificate and Social Security number six years ago for $600, worked at Willmar Poultry and was Honduran.

The investigation revealed that Borjas had signed the Delgado name to employment forms in September and November 2010.

- Raul Alberto Deras Melgar, 33, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Friday to a felony charge of forgery for using a false name for work.

He will be sentenced July 18.

Deras Melgar was charged after an investigation revealed that his wife was claiming public assistance benefits, which totaled $34,687.25, while he worked under the false name.

Isabelle Ruiz, 36, of Willmar, faces four felony charges of wrongfully obtaining assistance and failing to meet public assistance declaration requirements. Her next appearance is Aug. 18.

According to the complaint against Ruiz, she received public assistance the past 18 years and knew the responsibilities of reporting household members' income, addresses and living expenses.

In October, officials with Kandiyohi County Family Services began an investigation that revealed Deras Melgar was the father of two of Ruiz's children. Ruiz allegedly failed to report that he was the father of the children and that he lived with her from February 2004 to September 2010.

She claimed the father was Juan Manuel Vazquez Monserrate and that he was in Honduras.

The investigation revealed Deras Melgar was married to Ruiz and using the Monserrate name to work at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Willmar and at Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative in Renville.

Investigators used the man's employment records to determine Ruiz was overpaid $34,687.25 during the six-year period.

Ruiz also signed three assistance documents on July 1, 2008, Oct. 7, 2009, and April 24, 2010, failing to list Deras Melgar as a household member.

On Feb. 2, a CEE-VI Drug Task Force agent stopped a vehicle whose registered owner had a revoked driver's license. The owner was listed as Juan Manuel Vazquez Monserrate. The driver gave his name as Raul Alberto Deras Melgar; the passenger was identified as Ruiz. The man later admitted using the Monserrate name for work and being married to Ruiz for three years.

- Bret Joseph Kasel, 28, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of possessing a short-barreled shotgun.

As part of a plea agreement, he will receive a stay of adjudication. Under the stay, the conviction will not appear on his record if he complies with the conditions of sentence. He will be sentenced July 18.

According to the complaint, sheriff's deputies on March 18 went to Kasel's rural Willmar home, seeking to arrest him on a warrant from Douglas County. Kasel wasn't at the residence, but a woman said the deputies could look around the home. In an upstairs room, they located a extremely short-barreled single-shot break action shotgun. The barrel measured 12¾ inches and the gun was an Excel brand .410 shotgun. The woman said the gun belonged to Kasel.

- Wilson Geovany Diaz, 27, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on felony charge of forgery and aggravated forgery.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His next appearance is June 27.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer stopped a man, later identified as Diaz, for driving while impaired on Oct. 12. At that time, the man was identified by his state identification card as Mario Cruz Nogueras. Investigators also located driver's license applications in the name of Manuel Miranda Munoz.

The investigation revealed that state Department of Vehicle Services photos in both the Nogueras and Munoz names were of the same man. Information from the federal Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement connected the Social Security numbers for both names, issued in Puerto Rico, to someone in Willmar.

Human resources officials at Willmar Poultry provided employment forms in the Nogueras name, signed in January, and Department of Vehicle Services records showed driver's license applications in the name in June 2004 and April and June of 2011.

Diaz was located and arrested on Thursday and allegedly admitted to buying both of the false identities for $800 each, to signing the employment forms in the false name and to the Department of Vehicle Services photos and signatures. He also admitted he is from Honduras and came into the country through Texas.

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