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Olivia woman's assault case dismissed after victim recants

WILLMAR -- The criminal charges against a 33-year-old Olivia woman have been dismissed after the alleged victim recanted.

For that reason, two felony charges of second-degree assault and criminal vehicular operation, plus a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault, against Mary Christina Ortega-Castillo were dismissed Nov. 5 by the county attorney's office.

Willmar police had been called on Oct. 1 to a 16th Street Southwest address on a report that a vehicle had rammed another vehicle. Officers arrived to find a white GMC Yukon parked in the middle of the yard, with a red Dodge Neon with front end damage nearby. Ortega-Castillo said that her foot slid off the brake pedal and onto the accelerator and her Yukon hit the Neon.

Another woman there said that Ortega-Castillo had come to the home, argued with her about both women dating the same man and then left when that man arrived in the Neon. The woman said Ortega-Castillo assaulted the man and then got into her vehicle. The woman heard a crash and saw the Yukon push the smaller vehicle and stop in the yard. The man, via an interpreter, said he arrived, was assaulted by Ortega-Castillo and was struck by his vehicle when Ortega-Castillo's vehicle was pushing it. The man had a scrape on his arm and complained of soreness from being knocked to the ground.

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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