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Suspect in Willmar stabbing appears in court

WILLMAR — Marvin Roberto Paz, 29, of Willmar is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail on $50,000 bail, charged with second-degree assault in a stabbing Saturday evening in downtown Willmar.

Paz made his first court appearance on the felony charge Tuesday morning in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Judge Michael Thompson granted his request for a public defender. Paz’s next court appearance will be July 21.

Willmar police were called Saturday evening to a reported stabbing in the 400 block of Becker Avenue Southwest.

They found a man on the sidewalk, covered in blood on several parts of his body, according to the criminal complaint filed against Paz.

The man was transported to Rice Memorial Hospital for treatment. The man’s roommate told officers the suspect was a man he knew only as Marvin, and he described him, according to the court file.

According to the witness, Paz and another man had been at their apartment, but the victim and Paz had argued, allegedly about Paz having taken beer belonging to the victim the night before. The roommate told officers that he was in his bedroom when he heard the argument and came out to see Paz allegedly slash the man’s left arm with a large folding knife. The knife was described as having a blade 8-10 inches long and being up to 18 inches long when unfolded.

The witness said he locked the victim in his bedroom and pushed the other two men out of the apartment before he locked the door. The witness said he locked himself into his own bedroom after that and didn’t know how the victim came to be downstairs on the street.

At the Rice emergency room, the man told an officer that Paz had come into his bedroom and cut him on his arm and leg. He said that he thought Paz had been drunk or on drugs. The interview was cut short by the man’s need for medical treatment, according to the complaint.

The officer saw a cut on the man’s left arm that was about 4 inches long and one-half inch deep and another wound on his left hip.

Based on information from witnesses, authorities found and arrested Paz on Sunday in a northeast Willmar hotel room where he lived with his wife. When his wife gave permission to search the room, a knife was found in a pile of clothes.

In an interview with police, Paz alleged that the victim had tried to touch him inappropriately and had threatened him with a broken bottle when they argued. Paz told authorities that he had grabbed a knife nearby and swung it at the victim before fleeing, according to the criminal complaint. Paz said the knife’s blade was 2 to 3 inches long.

Linda Vanderwerf

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