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Teen pleads to assault charge for attack on officer

WILLMAR -- Philomene Rose Skinaway, 17, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer for her role in an Oct. 16 incident that left two Willmar police officers with injuries.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court, four lesser charges of underage consumption, fleeing an officer and drug and paraphernalia possession will be dismissed.

Skinaway will be held at Prairie Lakes Youth Program until her dispositional hearing on Dec. 13. Chemical use assessment and psychological evaluations were also ordered by District Judge Donald M. Spilseth.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old juveniles are public record.

Hector Keith Guerrero, 18, of Willmar, is charged with a gross misdemeanor for obstructing the legal process and misdemeanors of fleeing and underage consumption for his role in the incident. A warrant for his arrested was issued Nov. 4.

According to Willmar police, a third person, a 15-year-old from Willmar, was arrested after the incident on charges of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer, fleeing an officer, underage consumption, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia. He allegedly assaulted a Willmar police officer while being loaded into an ambulance.

He was held at Prairie Lakes. Felony charges against juveniles under age 16 are not public record.

According to the court documents, Willmar police officers were called around 10:45 p.m. Oct. 16 to the area of Becker Avenue and Charlotte Street Southeast on a report of three people walking and attempting to carry another person. When officers arrived, the group attempted to run away, with the 15-year-old falling down multiple times because of his intoxicated state.

An officer who approached the 15-year-old was attacked by Skinaway, who cursed the officer, threw his flashlight away and punched him in the face. She kicked and fought with the officer, scratched his face and drew blood from his mouth with her fingernails. The officer was pushed into the side of a garage, injuring the right side of his ribcage and winding him. He was taken to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, where doctors determined his ribs to be bruised.

Skinaway refused to identify herself, but officers recognized her from previous contact and from tattoos on her neck. She was taken to Prairie Lakes and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.037 in a preliminary breath test. A search of her purse revealed 6.2 grams of marijuana and paraphernalia. Another responding officer chased and caught Guerrero as he ran. Guerrero was verbally abusive and swore at the officer while detained. He refused to provide his name and smelled of alcohol. Guerrero allegedly resisted the officer's attempts to get him into a squad car as Skinaway attacked the other officer. With the assistance of a Minnesota State Patrol trooper, Guerrero was eventually secured into the car.

He was identified by his driver's license.

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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