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Man arrested for domestic assault also faces raft of forgery-related charges

WILLMAR — Carlos Enrique Padilla, 29, of Willmar, made his first court appearance on a total of 30 felony charges, including 29 counts of check forgery, aggravated forgery and perjury for signing documents in a false name and for domestic assault by strangulation.

Unconditional bail was set at $100,000. Padilla, who is also known as Fredis Lopez Gerrero, is scheduled to appear next on May 12 in Kandiyohi County District Court.

According to the domestic assault complaint, in which Padilla faces a felony charge for domestic assault by strangulation and misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and giving a false name to a police officer, a woman reported to Willmar police on Sunday that Padilla, whom she identified as Gerrero, had assaulted her. The woman said that Padilla had kicked her and choked her twice because she was “disrespecting” him and had talked with another man.

Padilla was interviewed and denied assaulting the woman. He gave investigating officers the Gerrero name, which showed he had a warrant for his arrest in the 2008 case. That case included information that he allegedly admitted that his real name was Padilla and that he used the Lopez Gerrero name to gain employment.

A search of fingerprint data also connected Padilla to another name, that of Wenseslau Padilla-Guzman, which he allegedly admitted isn’t his name either.

According to the forgery complaint, which also includes a charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance, a woman applied for assistance from Kandiyohi County Family Services between 2005 and 2008 and claimed that a Fredis Lopez lived at her home but wasn’t the father of her children.

The investigation showed that the man’s real name was Carlos Enrique Padilla and that he was in the country illegally. Between August 2006 and February 2007, the woman received $627 in overpayment of benefits. Between 2006 and 2008, Padilla also allegedly signed multiple family services documents, federal tax documents, employment documents and checks in the false name.

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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