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Man charged for baseball bat assault; victim IDs attacker by large gang tattoo on back of his head

WILLMAR -- A 25-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Monday on felony charges of assault for allegedly hitting a 16-year-old boy in the head with a baseball bat during a fight.

According to court documents, the teen identified Daniel Loera by the large gang tattoo on the back of his head and by his mug shot. Loera faces three felony assault charges, including second-, third- and fifth-degree counts, in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $80,000. His next appearance is scheduled for Nov. 16.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called on Sept. 26 to a large fight at Regency Estates West.

The officers received a report that there had been baseball bats and bottles used in the fight and that an unconscious male had been loaded into a van and taken from the area.

A man reported that the victim had an altercation with a Hispanic male, who had hit the youth with a metal bar, which was later determined to be a baseball bat. Officers located the victim at Rice Memorial Hospital's emergency room.

He had a 2-inch gash above his eye, which was swollen shut, a swollen nose and a large "goose egg" injury on the back of his skull.

Witnesses told police that the person who hit the teen had a nickname of "Playboy" and was a Sur 13 gang member.

Information from local gang enforcement team officers connected the nickname to Loera, who has a large "13" tattooed on the back of his head.

In October, one of the witnesses picked Loera's photo in a photo lineup. The victim also picked Loera, noting that he wasn't completely sure it was his attacker, but that he'd know the man for sure if he had a "13" tattooed on the back of his head. Previous booking photos of Loera have recorded the gang tattoo on his head.

He has prior convictions for interfering with a 911 call and assault in 2008.

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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