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Prison time for man who tried to stab officer at Wal-Mart

WILLMAR -- Eddie Eleazar Rincon, 20, of Paynesville, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to 21 months in prison on a second-degree assault charge for attempting to stab a Wal-Mart security officer in December.

Under a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, an additional felony for terroristic threats, a gross misdemeanor for fifth-degree assault and misdemeanor charges of obstructing the legal process and theft were dismissed. He was given credit for 116 days already served and ordered to pay a $50 fine.

The charges were filed after Dec. 18, when Willmar police were called to Wal-Mart Supercenter and arrived to find store security guards physically restraining a person, later identified as Rincon, by holding him down on the floor.

Rincon continued to struggle as police attempted to handcuff him.

Store security personnel reported witnessing Rincon as he concealed a pack of razor blades in his pocket. Other security officers were alerted and an officer followed him past the checkout area and questioned him about the item. Rincon denied taking the blades, then handed them over and attempted to walk away. Officers said they ordered him back to the store office. They said he then pulled a knife, ramming it twice into the stomach of one of the security guards. However, Rincon was unable to open the knife, a model that flips open, before stabbing at the officer. Several officers pulled Rincon to the floor and eventually got the knife out of his hand. Officers also allege Rincon threatened them by saying he'd find them outside the store and they "won't be walking around with a head anymore."

Rincon was arrested and interviewed at the Kandiyohi County Law Enforcement Center. He said he pulled the knife, and wanted to use the blade but didn't get the chance to open it because the officers were already trying to get it from him. He said he didn't intend to stab anyone, just scare them.

Rincon also said he is Sur 13 gang member from Texas and was lying low in Minnesota. His criminal history includes a July 2008 conviction for second-degree assault in Texas.

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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