WILLMAR — A Willmar man is being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail in connection with a brutal attack on a woman Monday at a Willmar home.
Efrain Basilio Guerrero Jr., 33, is being held on $100,000 unconditional bail and $30,000 conditional bail.
Guerrero made a first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on four felony charges, including assault in the first degree — great bodily harm, second-degree assault, domestic assault and violating a no-contact order.
According to the complaint filed against him, Guerrero allegedly argued with a woman with whom he was in a relationship and repeatedly punched her in the face as she held a young child in her arms.
After the toddler ran away, Guerrero allegedly punched and hit the woman during a nearly two-hour period, leaving the woman with two black eyes and at least one tooth knocked out.
He then allegedly picked up a cleaver-type chef knife and repeatedly hit the front, side, back and top of the woman’s head with the butt end of the knife. The report indicates she was struck 15-20 times with the knife handle and Guerrero then threatened to stab her with the blade of the knife.
The woman, who was on the floor, was able to get up off the floor and pushed Guerrero — knocking him and the knife to the floor.
She tried to run away through the garage but told police she was dizzy from being hit on the head so many times and could not see because of the blood. Guerrero allegedly grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the ground and kicked and stomped on her back with his feet.
According to the complaint, Guerrero called an ex-girlfriend to come over to help the woman get cleaned up.
Guerrero was arrested two days later, on Jan. 8, but denied assaulting the woman. Instead, he said the two women fought with each other because they were jealous when he was with the other one.
Injuries on Guerrero’s hand appeared consistent with the witnesses’ statement, according to the report.
Guerrero has a criminal history for a 2011 conviction for fourth-degree assault and a 2017 conviction for domestic assault.
His next court appearance is set for March 24.