Charges dismissed against one of four men accused in beating, car theft in Willmar

One of the four men accused of beating a Willmar man and stealing his car last summer was cleared of all charges Thursday. The other three are still facing four felony and misdemeanor charges.

All charges were dismissed Oct. 3 in Kandiyohi County District Court against Ayab Mohamoud Iman, 22, of Eagan, in a July incident in Willmar.

WILLMAR — All charges were dismissed Thursday against one of four men accused of assaulting a man and stealing his car in July.

Ayab Mohamoud Iman, 22, of Eagan, attended a court hearing Thursday morning in Kandiyohi County District Court. Iman had faced four felonies and one misdemeanor in the case, and all were dismissed.

Similar charges are still in effect against three other people. All were charged with felony counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree riot with a dangerous weapon, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and motor vehicle theft, along with a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree assault.

Mahmoud Abdi Omer, 18, of Willmar, was certified to face the charges in adult court this week. He made his first appearance Thursday and has another court hearing on Oct. 8.

Mohamed Daud Ahmed, 21, of Willmar, has an Oct. 30 pretrial hearing.


A pretrial hearing is set for Nov. 6 for Ahmed Sulub Anshur, 22, of Willmar.

As of Thursday afternoon, Omer was in the Kandiyohi County Jail, and Ahmed and Anshur were out on bail.

According to court records, a man reported that four men had approached his car while he was parked in an apartment building parking lot in southwest Willmar. He said they had beaten him and drove away with his car.

The stolen car was found in southwest Willmar shortly after the incident. The contents of the glovebox were disturbed, and the keys were gone, according to court records.

The man told police that one of the men punched him through the open driver’s window, yelled at him and told him to get out of the car. The man also allegedly struck the car owner with a rock and brandished a knife.

When he was outside the vehicle, all four suspects punched and kicked him, the man told police. He ran away to get away from the assault but left his car running. He described seeing the four men get into his car and drive away.

The man said he had recognized some of the men and knew where they lived, according to court records.

Willmar Police Department officers took the alleged victim to the home. An officer knocked on the door while the man watched.


One of the house’s residents answered the front door, and an officer who had been stationed at the back of the house caught a juvenile who ran out the back door.

According to court records, Anshur was wearing the same shirt the alleged victim had described earlier, and the man identified the four people who had assaulted him.

According to court records, all four said they had been at the house the entire day.

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The Kandiyohi County court cases continue against three men accused of assaulting a man and stealing his car in July in Willmar. All charges were dismissed Oct. 3 against a fourth man.

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In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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