Willmar man charged with July beating and robbery of woman near Spicer

Farhan Mohamed Abdi, 19, of Willmar, is accused of choking a woman and stealing her EBT card in July.

Farhan Mohamed Abdi

WILLMAR — A Willmar man had an initial appearance Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court for an alleged July assault and robbery of a woman near Spicer .

Farhan Mohamed Abdi, 19, is charged with two felonies, simple robbery and domestic assault by strangulation. He also faces two misdemeanor domestic assault charges and a gross misdemeanor for interfering with a a 911 call.

Eighth Judicial District Judge Jennifer Fischer ordered during a first appearance hearing July 28 that Abdi could be released on $500 cash bail or $5,000 bond under conditions that include he does not leave Minnesota without written court approval; he has no contact with the alleged victim; and he not possess or use alcohol, drugs, firearms, ammunition or explosives. He posted bail the same day, according to court records.

According to the criminal complaint, Abdi is accused of beating a woman and throwing her to the ground in the driveway of a home outside Spicer late on the night of July 25 or during the early morning hours of July 26.

The woman told law enforcement July 26 that, after Abdi threw her to the ground, he choked her to the point that she could not breathe and told her to "lay in the driveway for another five minutes so he could run over her." Following the assault, Abdi allegedly stole her EBT card from her pocket.


While on the way to the courthouse obtain an order for protection against Abdi on July 26, the woman and her sister ran into Abdi and she asked for her EBT card, the woman told law enforcement.

Abdi allegedly became upset and threw her onto the ground and choked her, according to the criminal complaint. When the woman dialed 911, Abdi told her to do it and "see what happens." The woman decided not to call 911.

Upon leaving, Abdi kicked the woman's sister's car.

Abdi told law enforcement that he saw the woman attacking his car and there was a verbal confrontation between the two and that he kicked the sister's car in retaliation.

Abdi denied any physical altercation ever took place and said that the woman left her EBT card in his car. Abdi blamed the woman's two black eyes on bruising from an altercation with her father.

The woman told law enforcement that Abdi had assaulted her multiple times over the course of a year, but that she was afraid Abdi would kill her if she reported anything.

John E Mack, of New London, is listed as Abdi's defense attorney and the next court date is scheduled for Sept. 27.

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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