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Teen faces felony charge, threatened to kill woman like “that old lady”

WILLMAR -- Juan Guillermo Carranza, 17, of Willmar, made his first appearance Thursday on a felony charge of terroristic threats for allegedly threatening Wednesday evening to kill a woman, and referenced the recent Kandiyohi County homicide in his threat.

Carranza also faces a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault. The date of his next in Kandiyohi County District Court was not immediately available Thursday.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-juveniles are public information.

According to the petition, Willmar Police officers were called around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday to a residence on the southeast side of the city. A woman there reported that Carranza had threatened to kill her after the boy had demanded his iPad. The woman told police she told Carranza that she didn’t know where the tablet was, which caused him to become upset and begin yelling at her.

The woman said Carranza told her that he was going to get his friends and they were going to “kill her like what happened to that old lady,” referencing the recent homicide of Lila Warwick, 79, of Willmar.

Warwick was found dead in her home along East Highway 12 on July 29 by Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s deputies called to check on her welfare. Three young men, Brok Nathaniel Junkermeier, 19, Devon James Jenkins, 16, and Robert Inocencio Warwick, 17, all of Willmar, have been charged with second-degree murder in the case. All three have court hearings next week, Jenkins will appear on Monday, Junkermeier on Tuesday and Warwick on Thursday. The two juveniles are also scheduled to have adult certification hearings on Aug. 29 and 30. Junkermeier is being held on $2 million bail in the Kandiyohi County Jail. The juveniles are being held at the Prairie Lakes Detention Center.

The woman told officers that she was upset and scared of what Carranza would do to her while she was sleeping. She also said that the boy had pushed her in the past and had taken away her diabetes medications, telling her that he hoped taking away the medication would kill her.

Carranza told an officer that there was an argument over an iPad and that he did tell the woman that he would kill her, but that he wasn’t serious about the threat. He also told the officer he’d been in “juvie” in May for terroristic threats.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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