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Willmar man gets four years in prison for knifepoint robbery

WILLMAR -- Mowalid Muse Hirsi, 25, of Willmar, was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison for robbing a man at knifepoint in November. Hirsi was given credit for 121 days already served in jail and ordered to pay $102 in restitution and a $50 fine.

A jury found Hirsi guilty of first-degree aggravated robbery on Feb. 4 after a one-day trial in Kandiyohi County District Court.

The charges were filed after a man called police around 2:40 a.m. Nov. 8 from the area of Ella Avenue and Seventh Street Northwest and reported he had been robbed at knifepoint.

Officers responded and the victim told them Hirsi offered him a ride home from a local establishment and while driving across town, demanded money from him while pressing a knife into his stomach.

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

While the victim was providing his statement, officers observed a vehicle nearby matching the description of the one driven by Hirsi.

The driver was identified by the victim as Hirsi.

Hirsi was arrested and taken to the Law Enforcement Center. Officers noted that he appeared to have consumed alcohol and a subsequent test revealed his blood-alcohol level was 0.13.

During an interview with officers, Hirsi claimed the victim gave him $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.

Hirsi pleaded guilty to one driving while impaired charge on Jan. 21 and was sentenced to 365 days in jail, with 295 stayed and 70 days staggered over the next two years, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, serve three years of probation and submit to electronic alcohol monitoring.

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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