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Man charged in knife-point incident

WILLMAR -- A 20-year-old Paynesville man, who told police he was a Texas gang member, made his first appearance Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court on charges of attempting to stab a Wal-Mart store security officer attempting to stop him for shoplifting.

Eddie Eleazar Rincon faces felony charges of second-degree assault and terroristic threats. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000.

Conditional bail is $5,000 cash. He was ordered to have no contact with the security officer and to not enter Willmar's Wal-Mart Supercenter. His next appearance is Jan. 4.

Rincon also faces charges of fifth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor due to a prior conviction, and misdemeanor charges of obstructing the legal process and theft.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called to Wal-Mart Supercenter around 8:45 p.m. Friday.

They arrived to find store security guards physically restraining a person, later identified as Rincon, by holding him down on the floor.

Rincon continued to struggle as police attempted to handcuff him.

Store security personnel reported witnessing Rincon as he concealed a pack of razor blades in his pocket. Other security officers were alerted and an officer followed him past the checkout area and questioned him about the item. Rincon denied taking the blades, then handed them over and attempted to walk away. Officers said they ordered him back to the store office. They said he then pulled a knife, ramming it twice into the stomach of one of the security guards.

However, Rincon was unable to open the knife, a model that flips open, before stabbing at the officer. Several officers pulled Rincon to the floor and eventually got the knife out of his hand. Officers also allege Rincon threatened them, that he'd find them outside of the store and said they "won't be walking around with a head anymore."

Rincon was arrested and interviewed at the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center. He said he pulled the knife, and wanted to use the blade but didn't get the chance to open it because the officers were already trying to get it from him. He allegedly said he didn't intend to stab anyone, just scare them.

Rincon also said he is Sur 13 gang member from Texas and was lying low in Minnesota. His criminal history includes a July 2008 conviction for second-degree assault in Texas.

The value of the razor blades was $17.78.

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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