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Man faces assault charge, allegedly held knife after 'disrespected' in store


WILLMAR -- Daniel Gene Tensen, 30, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday on a felony charge of second-degree assault for allegedly assaulting a man Thursday afternoon at a Willmar gas station.

Unconditional bail was set at $20,000. His next appearance is Aug. 20.

According to the complaint, a Willmar police officer was called around 12:40 p.m. Thursday to Super America, 415 First St. S., on an assault. The officer approached a man who matched the assailant's description outside of the store and the man, who was identified as Tensen, denied he had been involved in any altercation.

However, Tensen appeared to be upset and was uncooperative with the officer, continuing to make comments about being "disrespected" by a person in the store. He said he pulled a knife because he thought the person would try to fight with him. He handed over a knife with a 3½-inch blade.

The alleged victim told the officer that he had seen Tensen in the store and called him "Kevin" because that's the name he knew Tensen by. The man said Tensen got mad, followed him out of the store and cursed him. When the man turned to talk to Tensen, he saw that Tensen had a knife in his hand. The man asked Tensen to put the knife away and got into a vehicle. He called law enforcement from a nearby location.

The man identified Tensen as the person who had the knife. Tensen was then arrested and taken to the county jail.

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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