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Willmar man pleads guilty to assault in stabbing

WILLMAR — A 29-year-old Willmar man pleaded guilty to a felony third-degree assault charge Friday stemming from a reported stabbing in July in downtown Willmar.

Willmar police were called to the incident July 5 in the 400 block of Becker Avenue Southwest and found a man on the sidewalk, covered in blood. Marvin Roberto Paz was identified from a description given by the injured man’s roommate.

According to the complaint, the roommate told officers he was in his bedroom when he heard an argument. He came out of his bedroom and saw Paz allegedly slash the man’s left arm with a large folding knife. It was described as having a blade 8 to 10 inches long and being up to 18 inches long when unfolded.

The injured 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.  

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 he had grabbed a knife nearby and swung it at the victim before fleeing, according to the criminal complaint. Paz had said the knife’s blade was 2 to 3 inches long.

Sentencing is scheduled for September 24.