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21-year-old man faces charge for damaging door of cop squad car

WILLMAR — Edgard Valenzuela, 21, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Friday on a felony charge of first-degree property damage for allegedly kicking the door of a Willmar Police squad car hard enough to bend the door so far that it wouldn’t close.

Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. Valenzuela, who also faces two misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process, is scheduled to make his next appearance Jan. 13 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the complaint, preliminary repair estimates for the damage ranged from $1,150 to $2,000.

The charges were filed after Wednesday, when officers were called to the 500 block of Lakeland Drive on a report of a loud party in an apartment building. Because it appeared there were people who were under 21 years of age consuming alcohol, officers remained at the building to investigate the situation.

Valenzuela was one of several people who became more and more belligerent with officers, accusing the officers of violating their civil rights. He was placed in handcuffs and into a squad car, with officers attempting to talk to him through the open car door. Because he was yelling and refused to cooperate, an officer closed the door on the car.

Later the officers noticed that the door wouldn’t close all the way and determined that Valenzuela had kicked the door with such force that the door was bent outward. The entire rear portion of the door was bent and there were shoe prints on the inside of the window.

The complaint also notes that Valenzuela was yelling, obnoxious and disruptive.

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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