Willmar, Minn., man pleads to riot charge in soccer stabbing incident
WILLMAR -- Darril Adali Guerrero Amaya, 20, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree riot charge for his role in an early morning stabbing incident in March that began as a fight over a soccer match.
As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony for second-degree assault will be dismissed. Guerrero Amaya will be sentenced June 20.
Guerrero Amaya was one of four men charged in the incident. Juan Carlos Bueso Dejesus, 31, makes his next appearance today. Selvin Eliazar Arevalo Lopez, 31, will appear next on July 8.
The fourth man, Jonathan Ariel Pineda Amaya, 21, faces another felony charge of terroristic threats and is scheduled next in court on July 18.
The two men injured in the incident were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and treated for stab wounds. One of the men was stabbed in the upper back and the other had multiple stab wounds to his face, arms and chest.
According to the complaints, Willmar police were called around 12:40 a.m. March 22 to a fight at the Caribbean Club, along Business 71 in Willmar. The responding officers kept the group of people from fighting and determined that no one at the scene wanted to press charges.
The same officers were in the Willow Run Apartment area just after 1 a.m. when a fight was reported in the parking lot of one of the buildings in the complex in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest in Willmar. They quickly located the four men, who were at the entrance to the building. Three of the four suspects complied with the officer's orders to lie on the ground, but the fourth man, later identified as Arevalo Lopez, refused to cooperate and was immobilized by a stun gun. A total of three knives were located with the men.
The officers interviewed witnesses who said the victim who suffered multiple stab wounds had had an altercation with one of the men over the Honduras-Mexico soccer match.
They reported they were taking the man who was stabbed to get stitches when the four men ambushed them with knives as they exited the building. The second victim was stabbed in the back during the "ambush." Several others in the group were able to escape without injury.
A woman told police that Pineda Amaya had also threatened the second victim.
He identified Pineda Amaya as his assailant and was taken by private party to Rice Memorial Hospital.
The man with multiple wounds was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital.