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Armed robbery suspect makes first court appearance in Kandiyohi County

Lateef Mahaffey

WILLMAR — A suspect in the armed robbery of three people who were manhandled and threatened with a knife to the neck while in their home in the city of Kandiyohi was arraigned Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Lateef Deondra Mahaffey, 21, of Willmar, made his first appearance in court on 10 felony charges including two counts of robbery in the first degree, three counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of second degree assault, and theft, along with a misdemeanor charge of damage to property in the fourth degree.

According to the complaint: Mahaffey and two unnamed suspects entered a home in Kandiyohi sometime before 10:21 p.m. on July 10 without the permission of the residents. It alleges that Mahaffey was holding a handgun and pointed it at two male residents and said: "Give me all your money."

A man identified as suspect number one picked up a folding knife from a table and struck one of the male victims in the face multiple times before going through his pockets and taking his wallet and iPhone. The contents of the wallet and phone were valued at over $3,000.

The man identified as suspect number two grabbed a second male victim and threw him across a coffee table and into a TV. Mahaffey and the suspects took a watch from the victim and his Xbox 1S, valued at $700 combined.

The complaint alleges that Mahaffey and the other suspects forced both of the male victims upstairs, with suspect number one holding a knife to the neck of one of the victims. Mahaffey demanded that the victim open a safe as Mahaffey put his gun to the other man's forehead and said: "Do you think this is a joke?"

A female resident arrived as the suspects and victims returned to the main floor. Two of the suspects ran out of the house upon her arrival.

Mahaffey remained and kept his gun pointed at one of the male victims as the female entered. He asked the woman where her phone was, and she said it was in her purse.

He took her purse and phone and fled the residence, according to the complaint. The victim estimated the value of the phone and contents of the purse at over $900.

Officers responding to the scene found multiple shoes laying outside on the street.

The complaint stated that Mahaffey has multiple adjudications of delinquency and convictions for theft, as well as a prior conviction for a harassment restraining order violation and fifth degree assault.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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