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Willmar man charged with assault, threats of violence

WILLMAR -- The 29-year-old Willmar man who is alleged to have threatened residents Monday while showing a firearm in his waistband made his first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court, and new information has since come to light...

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WILLMAR - The 29-year-old Willmar man who is alleged to have threatened residents Monday while showing a firearm in his waistband made his first appearance Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court, and new information has since come to light about what happened hours before he was apprehended.
Jacob Thomas Dahlheimer has been charged with two felonies for second-degree assault and domestic assault, as well as two felonies for threats of violence. He’s also facing a gross misdemeanor charge for being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Just before noon Monday, Willmar police received a suspicious person report from a location near Seventh Street Northwest and Campbell Avenue.
The caller was an “alert citizen” who followed the man from a distance and gave police information on his whereabouts over the phone.
According to a news release from Police Chief Jim Felt, police also had information that the man had allegedly been involved in a domestic assault a short time before and had threatened a woman with a handgun.
The criminal complaint filed Wednesday reports that Dahlheimer got into a woman’s vehicle outside her residence, took out a handgun and silently pointed it at her head. The woman’s young son was also in the vehicle at the time.
Dahlheimer “appeared intoxicated and agitated” at the time, the complaint reads.
He jumped out of the car as the woman was driving when she told him she was going to drive to the police station.
The woman was visibly shaken and crying when she later relayed the events to a Willmar police officer at a Willmar school building. She had requested to take her daughter out of the school that day to make sure she was safe from harm.
Police met with the alert caller near 10th Street Southwest, who informed officers that a man brandishing a gun on his hip had cut across a few yards before the caller lost sight of him, the complaint reads.
An officer apprehended the individual at a home in southwest Willmar and later recovered a replica BB-type handgun. The caller confirmed it was the man he had seen brandishing a handgun, later identified as Dahlheimer.
He is currently being held in the Kandiyohi County Jail, and a domestic abuse-no contact order was issued Wednesday prohibiting him from contact with the woman.
His next hearing is set for June 6.
The Willmar Police Department was assisted on the scene by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office.

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