Willmar man appears in court for terroristic threats after weekend disturbance

Patrick Scott Tempel, 30, of Willmar, is facing several felonies for threatening police and to kill a woman Saturday in a Willmar apartment building

Patrick Scott Tempel

WILLMAR — A Willmar man appeared Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court for felony charges alleging he threatened police during a domestic disturbance call this weekend in southeast Willmar where he also threatened a woman and a friend of hers.

Patrick Scott Tempel, 30, is facing three counts of felony terroristic threats and one misdemeanor charge for having a dangerous weapon.

District Court Judge David Mennis ordered $50,000 bail or bond with no conditions or a $3,000 bail or bond with conditions. Mennis also ordered Tempel have a police escort to enter the premises of the building. He must stay a reasonable distance away from the alleged victim's residence, remain law-abiding, have no contact with alleged victims, not violate any active no-contact orders and must not possess or use firearms, ammunition or explosives.

According to the criminal complaint:

Tempel threatened to kill a woman who lived in his apartment building if she called law enforcement after he told the woman he would kill a friend of hers.


Witnesses and law enforcement saw Tempel with a baseball bat and heard him threaten the woman.

When he saw law enforcement Saturday afternoon at the apartment building, he went back inside his apartment and locked the door. He began to yell and throw things in his apartment when law enforcement told him to come out.

Tempel threatened to shoot law enforcement if law enforcement came into his apartment and told law enforcement they would have to use their handguns if he left his apartment.

Law enforcement saw Tempel stab through his door with knife.

He told law enforcement that he had an ax, knives, a bat, crossbows and a .30-30 rifle and that they should leave because "(they) knew the only way this could end."

The Willmar Police Department SWAT team eventually arrived on the scene and negotiators engaged Tempel, who eventually came out of his apartment and was arrested.

Law enforcement found four crossbow bolts, two crossbow cocking cords, two pairs of black metal knuckles, one automatic folding knife, a sports brand camouflage crossbow and an aluminum bat.

Tempel's next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2022.

Mark Wasson has been a public safety reporter with Post Bulletin since May 2022. Previously, he worked as a general assignment reporter in the southwest metro and as a public safety reporter in Willmar, Minn. Readers can reach Mark at
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