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Local man accused of assaulting woman at Wal-Mart


WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old Willmar man faces felony charges for forgery and terroristic threats after a woman reported Monday that he assaulted and threatened her. The subsequent investigation by police revealed the man was using at least one false name.

Edil Pineda Santos, who is also known as Omar David Sanchez Melendez and Ericberto Pineda, appeared Wednesday on seven felony charges in Kandiyohi County District Court. He also faces misdem-eanor ch-arges of assault and dom-estic as-sault.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. His next appearance is July 19.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 10:30 p.m. Monday regarding a domestic incident at Wal-Mart Supercenter. A woman reported she'd driven Santos, whom she knew as Melendez, to the store. He went inside and purchased groceries while she waited in the car. When she picked him up, he accused her of talking with other men and cheating on him. An argument ensued and the woman said he pushed and choked her, and threatened to stab her. The woman reported she'd driven Santos to a home on the southeast side of town, where he took the groceries and got out of the car. She locked the doors of the car and left. Officers returned to the home and found Santos, who denied an altercation with the woman.

He allegedly admitted his real name was Ericberto Pineda and that he'd gotten a state identification card in the Melendez name in September 2007 and used it to work at Jennie-O Turkey Store and Willmar Poultry. He admitted to buying the identification card for $600 from a man in Willmar. Later, he allegedly said his real name was Edil Pineda Santos and that the Pineda name was a nickname. He claimed a 1993 birth date, which conflicted with information the woman gave indicating he was between 20 and 22 years of age.

Employment documents were provided by officials at Jennie-O Foods, including documents signed in the Melendez name in June 2008. The Melendez identification card and Puerto Rican birth certificate accompanied the documents.

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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