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Willmar man ID'd in knifepoint theft also hit with DWI charges

WILLMAR -- A 24-year-old Willmar man made his first court appearance Monday on a single felony charge of aggravated robbery for allegedly robbing a man at knifepoint early Sunday morning.

Mowalid Muse Hirsi also faces charges in Kandiyohi County District Court of driving while impaired. Unconditional bail was set at $70,000 with conditional bail at $5,000 cash. His next appearance is Nov. 23.

According to the complaint, a man called police around 2:40 a.m. Sunday from the area of Ella Avenue and Seventh St-reet Northwest and reported he had been robbed at knifepoint. Officers responded and the man told them Hirsi offered him a ride home from a local establishment and while driving ac-ross town, demanded money from him while pressing a knife into his stomach.

The man said he handed over cash, a total of $102, grabbed some documents from the dash of the car and ran away.

While he was reporting this to officers, they observed a vehicle nearby matching the description given by the man. The driver, Hirsi, was identified by the man as the individual who robbed him.

Officers noticed signs of alcohol consumption by Hirsi, who was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center. His blood-alcohol level was 0.13. During an interview with officers, he claimed the man gave him the $100 to buy cocaine from an apartment building on the city's southeast side.

A search of Hirsi's vehicle revealed a knife, with a four-inch blade, in the center console.

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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