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One brother pleads to assault, warrant issued for other

WILLMAR -- One of the two brothers charged with assaulting and threatening a group of men with a knife and garden hoe pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of third-degree riot.

Erik Ozornia, 20, of Willmar, entered into a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court that reduces the charge from felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon to the gross misdemeanor charge. In addition, three felony and three misdemeanor charges for assault, terroristic threats and property damage will be dismissed. He will be sentenced Nov. 17.

A warrant was issued Oct. 1 for Emilio Ozornia, 24, of Willmar, who has been charged with felonies for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and making terroristic threats and a misdemeanor for criminal damage to property. His next court date has not been set.

The charges were filed after three Willmar Police officers and a Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy were dispatched around 7:20 p.m. Aug. 21 to the 600 block of Second Street Southwest on a fight call.

A man there said his brother had been assaulted, had a knife pulled on him and had been struck with a garden hoe. The men had gone to a home along the 200 block of August Avenue looking for a young child. They said they were attacked there by the Ozornia brothers, who threatened them and threw a jack against their truck as they drove away.

Another witness told officers that the fight started at the Second Street home when the brother came over and punched the man with their fists.

The man who was assaulted told officers Erik had come over, confronted and threatened him and then swung the hoe at him. He said Emilio pulled out a black knife, and when he was focused on the knife, Erik hit him with the hoe.

Officers went to the Ozornia home, where Erik was arrested. Early on Friday morning, an officer came upon a parked vehicle, with an open door and a man who appeared to be passed out. The officer recognized Emilio and he was arrested. A knife, with a 3½-inch blade, was found on his person.