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Diaz of Willmar pleads to false imprisonment charge in child luring case


WILLMAR -- Jesus Diaz, 67, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of false imprisonment by intentional restraint for attempting to lure three young girls into his vehicle as they walked home from school in September.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, another felony charge plus two misdemeanors for fifth-degree assault will be dismissed. He will be sentenced May 9.

The charges were filed after Willmar police received a call around 3 p.m. Sept. 27 that a 10-year-old girl had come home and informed a parent that an older Hispanic male had gotten out of his vehicle, kissed two of her friends and then took off running.

An officer was dispatched to the Willmar Middle School area and another officer was sent to the caller's residence.

The girl told the officer she had seen the vehicle multiple times as she left school.

She said the man, later identified as Diaz, got out of the car, spoke to the girls and tried to lure them into his car.

She said he attempted to hug and kiss the girls and pull them into his vehicle, but that she was able to get away.

The other girls were also able to run from the man, who followed them in his car until another vehicle pulled up behind him.

Information from the girls led officers to the apartment complex where Diaz resides. A vehicle description matched a car in the parking lot.

Diaz was located inside his apartment and was later identified by the girls.

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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