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Man faces felony for harassment, drive-by shooting still under investigation

WILLMAR -- Erik Ozornia, 22, made his first court appearance Wednesday on a felony harassment and stalking charge for allegedly harassing a woman who had an order for protection against him.

Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. Ozornia also faces two gross misdemeanor charges of domestic assault. His next appearance in Kandiyohi County District Court is Monday.

According to the complaint, Willmar police were called around 1:20 a.m. Tuesday to a residence on the northwest side of the city. A woman reported that Ozornia had come to the home around 7:45 p.m. that evening and asked to see his children. She had told him to go away. Ozornia is prohibited by a court-issued order for protection from coming to the home.

The woman said she had heard whistling outside around 11:30 p.m. and looked out to see Ozornia and another man smashing the front and rear windshields of a vehicle. She said they had returned around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday but left when she yelled at them.

Police were called again around 2:20 a.m. by the woman who has the order against Ozornia. She told officers that Ozornia had assaulted her and threatened another man with a wrench. The incident had allegedly happened on the county fairgrounds.

Around 3:30 a.m. police were called to a home in the southeast quadrant of the city on a report of gunshots. A vehicle had been shot at. Ozornia was located and arrested at the scene.

Ozornia was interviewed and denied going to the home or damaging the car. He allegedly admitted to contact with the woman at the fairgrounds, but said that several men had surrounded him and beaten him up. He said that one of the men had told him "don't be surprised if something happens" and pointed his hand at him like a gun.

Ozornia has a prior juvenile adjudication for third-degree assault in August 2004 and currently faces charges of first-degree burglary, harassment, order for protection violation and domestic assault charges in Kandiyohi County.

No more information regarding the drive-by shooting incident was available from the Willmar Police Department on Thursday afternoon.

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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