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Man appears on assault charge; warrant issued in bat incident

WILLMAR -- A 22-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Friday on a second-degree assault charge for his role in an incident that involved beating people and vehicles with baseball bats.

Nicholas William Dahl also faces misdemeanor assault and property damage charges. Unconditional bail was set at $75,000. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is June 14.

An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Bryan Alan Miller, 20, of Willmar, who faces two second-degree assault charges, plus for misdemeanor assault and property damage charges, in connection to the incident.

According to the complaint against Dahl, Willmar police were called around 3:25 a.m. May 1 to a home in the northeast quadrant of the city regarding a group of men fighting with baseball bats. The caller reported that the suspects had left the location, but had threatened that they'd come back with a gun.

Four men reported that Dahl and Miller had come to a party they were attending earlier in the evening and that Dahl had done some trash talking and had stabbed a garage door with a knife. They were asked to leave the party. The men said that Dahl and Miller had said they'd come back to get the men.

The men reported that Dahl and Miller came to the home around 3 a.m. and used a baseball bat and a piece of lumber to damage two vehicles and hit one man in the head and another in the back and hip. They said the men left in their vehicle but said they were coming back with a 9mm handgun. One of the men had damaged the windshield of Dahl's vehicle while they were leaving.

Officers found the vehicle, with damage, at Dahl's home and attempted to contact both men, but were unsuccessful in their efforts.

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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