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Landlord charged with assault, terroristic threats against renters

WILLMAR -- A 48-year-old Pennock man made his first appearance Thursday on felony second-degree assault and terroristic threat charges for allegedly pointing a shotgun at his tenants and threatening their lives with the weapon.

Robert Lee Schrank was released on his personal recognizance, ordered to have no contact with two others in the case, to possess no firearms or exhibit any assaultive behavior. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Oct. 15.

Schrank also faces a gross misdemeanor for being a felon in possession of a weapon and two misdemeanor charges for fifth-degree assault.

According to the complaint, two Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputies were called May 27 to an address along 75th Street Northwest on a weapons complaint. Two women there told the officers that a man and Schrank had been arguing and that they fought, with Schrank punching the man repeatedly. They said Schrank had gone inside, gotten a shotgun and pointed it at one of the women and that he was inside the home pointing the gun out the window.

The officer spoke with Schrank, who appeared quite intoxicated, and said the guy came in yelling at him and pounding on his doors. Schrank said that he went outside, grabbed the man and punched him. He denied using firearms and said maybe the people were confusing the gun with a stick. Officers saw a long gun case in the kitchen, but when allowed to search the home, found no weapon matching the description given by the alleged victims.

On June 24, the man and Schrank allegedly had another tussle that involved Schrank swinging at the man with a broomstick and the man punching Schrank. The man said Schrank again retrieved a gun, specifically a 12-gauge shotgun, pointed it at him and said he'd kill the man.

A review of Schrank's criminal history shows a felony conviction of receiving stolen property in 2003 in Wright County.

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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