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Motion for dismissal filed in northside stabbing

WILLMAR — Citing insufficient probable cause, the attorney for a 19-year-old Willmar man accused of stabbing his grandmother last month has asked the court to dismiss all charges.

Ex-Savor Cruz made an initial appearance Monday in Eighth District Court, where an omnibus hearing for the presentation of evidentiary issues was scheduled for Aug. 6.

His attorney, Ramona Lackore, last week filed the motion for dismissal. A judge’s ruling is expected within a month.

The motion claims a lack of probable cause and seeks to suppress any statements made by Cruz, as well as suppressing evidence obtained through search and seizure.

Charges faced by Cruz include two felony counts of assault. The attack on the morning of June 26 left Maria Garcia, 64, with four stab wounds to her upper body, including one that narrowly missed the jugular vein.

Willmar police arrived at her house on Willmar’s north side to find Garcia bloody and injured. Unsure whether a suspect was still in the house, they set up a perimeter while a search was conducted.

According to the criminal complaint, Garcia’s assailant stabbed her, stomped on her head and hit her in the head with a cast iron frying pan, leaving her unconscious on the kitchen floor. Garcia told law enforcement officers that when she regained consciousness, she found herself under a blanket that partially rested on a lit stove burner. She managed to get up and walk to a neighbor’s house for help, leaving a trail of blood through her kitchen and living room and out the front door.

She identified her stepgrandson as her alleged attacker and he was later arrested.

Cruz has not yet entered a plea to the charges against him.

Anne Polta

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