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Man faces assault charges for allegedly stabbing woman

Loera was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison, which was stayed, 365 days in the county jail and five years of probation.

WILLMAR -- Daniel Loera, 26, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Friday on three felony assault charges for allegedly stabbing a woman Thursday during a domestic incident.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Sept. 7. Loera faces two second-degree assault charges and one domestic assault charge.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 11:45 a.m. Thursday to the 400 block of 15th Street Southwest.

Several witnesses reported seeing a man and a woman arguing there. They said the woman yelled for help and the man had tried to force her into a vehicle. The witnesses reported the man and woman had since left the area. They said the woman did not want them to report the incident.

Other witnesses reported seeing the woman bleeding from her shoulder area. They said she was screaming for help, but not to call the police.

Witnesses described the man involved as having a tattoo on his head. They said he looked like he was high on drugs and reported seeing the man strike the woman with an object from his pocket.

Around 4:30 p.m., officials at Affiliated Community Medical Centers in Willmar informed police of a person in urgent care with a stab wound. The patient's physical description matched those of the woman given by the witnesses earlier in the day. The officer recognized the woman and knew she had a relationship with Loera, who has a numeral "13" gang sign tattooed on his head.

The woman was bruised and had suffered a 1- to 2-inch cut on her arm below the shoulder that was deeper than a flesh wound.

She refused to cooperate with law enforcement.

A witness later identified Loera from a photo lineup and said Loera had punched and assaulted the woman.

Officers later discovered Loera in the same area of the alleged assault. He was arrested and in the process attempted to give another person a knife. The officers took the knife and searched the other person's vehicle, locating another knife and a blood-stained, white T-shirt.

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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