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Teen pleads to assault of peace officer, obstruction for two incidents with police


WILLMAR -- Hector Keith Guerrero, 18, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing the legal process for his role in two incidents in which Willmar police officers were assaulted.

The felony charge was filed after a Nov. 13 incident when he spit on an officer attempting to arrest him on a warrant. The misdemeanor charge was for his 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, the misdemeanor was lowered from gross misdemeanor level and another gross misdemeanor for obstruction will be dismissed, as will lesser charges of disorderly conduct and underage consumption. He will be sentenced Jan. 25.

The felony charge was filed after a Willmar officer was on patrol around 12:50 a.m. Nov. 13 near the Caribbean Night Club Bar and saw Guerrero standing outside of the establishment.

The officer questioned Guerrero, who gave a false name and smelled of alcohol. He later gave his real name but re-fused to cooperate as officers attempted to get him into the squad car. He spit on the officer who attempted to get his feet into the vehicle.

Guerrero was maced and another officer successfully pulled him into the vehicle. Guerrero kicked at the doors and windows of the vehicle. Officers used a stun gun on Guerrero in order to get foot restraints on him.

Guerrero is one of three people charged in connection to the Oct. 16 incident. Philomene Rose Skinaway, 17, of Willmar, was sentenced last week to 90 days of detention and a year of probation on a felony charge of fourth-degree assault of a peace officer. She was also ordered to pay $125 in restitution, use no alcohol or drugs, submit to a psychological evaluation and treatment and possess no firearms or dangerous weapons.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested in the case, but felony charges against juveniles under age 16 are not public record.

In that case, officers were called 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.

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 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.

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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