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Willmar man allegedly threatens father's landlord with shotgun

WILLMAR — A 25-year-old man is facing three felony charges after he allegedly threatened his incarcerated father's landlord with a sawed-off shotgun.

Luis Rand Dominguez, Willmar, is charged with second-degree assault, threats of violence and owning/possessing/operating a short-barreled shotgun stemming from the Aug. 4 incident at an apartment building in Willmar.

He appeared on the charges Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Bail was set at $50,000, with the condition he stay away from the alleged victim's residence, or $20,000 with various additional conditions. As of Thursday afternoon, he remained in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

According to court documents, Dominguez is alleged to have threatened the landlord with a shotgun. The landlord had arrived at the apartment building where Dominguez's father lived to tell Dominguez that he and the other people staying in the apartment had to leave.

Dominguez's father is in the Kandiyohi County Jail, and his apartment on the 400 block of Benson Avenue Southwest was supposed to be vacant, as there is no other name on the lease, the documents state. However, other residents at the building said there were people coming and going from the apartment and causing issues.

When the landlord arrived, he found three people in the apartment, including Dominguez, and told the trio they had to leave, documents said. He also let Dominguez know that his father's rent was past due.

According to court documents, Dominguez followed the landlord out to the landlord's truck and sat in the passenger seat, the shotgun across his lap with the muzzle pointing toward the man. According to what the man told police, Dominguez then worked the slide on the gun, like he was loading the weapon.

He then allegedly asked the landlord what he was going to do. The landlord said he was scared and told Dominguez he would do whatever Dominguez asked, documents said. Dominguez then left the truck. The landlord drove back to his business, and his wife called the police.

At least four law enforcement officers went to the apartment, and two of the officers took their patrol rifles. The officers reported hearing voices and people moving in the apartment.

Following the officers knocking on the door, it took several moments before Dominguez answered the door. He did not reply when asked if there was someone else in the apartment, documents state.

After hearing noises from a back room, the officers entered the apartment and ordered the individuals in the other room to come out. Officers then reported hearing glass breaking and what sounded like someone jumping out of a window. One female came out of the room, who denied knowing anything about the gun or anyone else being in the room with her.

Two officers went after the individual who had fled through the window, but were unable to locate him.

According to court documents, Dominguez told law enforcement that his father had told him that he could stay in the apartment. Dominguez also said he tried to make arrangements with the landlord to stay in the apartment or remove his father's things. Dominguez denied having a shotgun with him when he spoke to the landlord in the truck.

After being arrested, Dominguez told the officer that the shotgun and a "very small black handgun" belonged to the man who had jumped out of the window, court documents state.

Dominguez gave law enforcement permission to search the apartment, and officers found the shotgun — a Browning Arms 12-gauge — in a coffee table cabinet. The gun has the barrel sawed off, the stock removed and a pistol grip, the documents state. There were no rounds in the weapon.

A second gun was not found in the search of the apartment or the grounds around it, even after the police used a drone to search from above.

At the Kandiyohi County Jail, after being read his Miranda warning, Dominguez said he did not threaten the landlord with the sawed-off shotgun and that the weapons belonged to the man who jumped out the window, who was trying to sell the guns to Dominguez.

Dominguez's next court date is Aug. 15.