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Four face assault, riot charges in stabbing incident over soccer game in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR — Four men made their first appearances Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court on second-degree assault and riot charges for their roles in an early Saturday morning stabbing incident that began as a fight over a soccer match.

Darril Adali Guerrero Amaya, 20, and Selvin Eliazar Arevalo Lopez, 31, were ordered held on $100,000 bail. Their next court appearance is April 8. Juan Carlos Bueso Dejesus, 31, was ordered held on $50,000 bail. His next court date is May 15.

The fourth man, Jonathan Ariel Pineda Amaya, 21, faces another felony charge of terroristic threats.

His bail was set at $100,000 and his next court appearance is April 8.

The two men injured in the incident were taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar and treated for stab wounds. One of the men was stabbed in the upper back and the other had multiple stab wounds to his face, arms and chest.

According to the complaints, Willmar police were called around 12:40 a.m. Saturday to a fight at the Caribbean Club, along Business 71 in Willmar. The responding officers kept the group of people from fighting and determined that no one at the scene wanted to press charges.

The same officers were in the Willow Run Apartment area just after 1 a.m. when a fight was reported in the parking lot of one of the buildings in the complex in the 400 block of 15th Avenue Southwest in Willmar. They quickly located the four men, who were at the entrance to the building. Three of the four suspects complied with the officer’s orders to lie on the ground, but the fourth man, later identified as Arevalo Lopez, refused to cooperate and was immobilized by a stun gun. A total of three knives were located with the men.

The officers interviewed witnesses who said the victim who suffered multiple stab wounds had had an altercation with one of the men over the Honduras-Mexico soccer match. They reported they were taking the man who was stabbed to get stitches when the four men ambushed them with knives as they exited the building. The second victim was stabbed in the back during the “ambush.” Several others in the group were able to escape without injury.

A woman told police that Pineda Amaya had also threatened the second victim. He identified Pineda Amaya as his assailant and was taken by private party to Rice Memorial Hospital.

The man with multiple wounds was taken by ambulance to Rice Memorial Hospital.

The defendants were interviewed by police detectives and gave differing accounts of who among them had a knife and if they used or saw any knives used during the altercation. 

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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