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Charges for man alleged to have assaulted police officer

WILLMAR -- Rogelio Esquivel Torres, 20, of Willmar made his first court appearance Thursday on two felony charges for allegedly assaulting a Willmar Police officer attempting to arrest him on an outstanding warrant.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Feb. 27.

Torres is charged with fifth-degree assault, a felony because he has two prior convictions in the past three years, and fourth-degree as-sault of a peace officer.

He also faces gross misdemean-or charges for fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and for obstructing the legal process, plus a misdemeanor charge for fleeing an officer on foot.

According to the complaint, a Willmar officer was on patrol around 3:20 a.m. Tuesday in the Regency Estates West trailer park. The officer observed a vehicle parking and knew that Torres was known to associate with the driver. He approached the vehicle and saw Torres, the passenger, recline his seat back and then crawl into the back seat of the vehicle.

Torres was ordered to get out of the vehicle. While the officer was placing him under arrest, he began to walk away.

The officer pulled his stun gun and ordered Torres to stop or be tased. He stopped, but attempted to punch the officer and grabbed him by the shoulders.

He then ran and fell into a snow bank, where the officer attempted to tase him again, but the stun gun didn't work. Torres and the officer struggled for control of the stun gun and Torres was finally handcuffed when a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy arrived to assist the city officer.

The officer sustained a cut on his neck and was bleeding from the injury. A review of Torres' record shows domestic assault convictions in February 2008 and January 2007, plus a separate conviction for making terroristic threats in January 2007.