Willmar man faces five felony charges for alleged sexual assault
WILLMAR -- A 23-year-old Willmar man is charged with five felonies after allegedly forcing a woman into a car at gunpoint and then sexually assaulting her.
WILLMAR - A 23-year-old Willmar man is charged with five felonies after allegedly forcing a woman into a car at gunpoint and then sexually assaulting her.
Miguel Angel Moreno faces three felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one felony count of terroristic threats and one count of second degree assault for the alleged violent sexual assault earlier this month in Willmar.
Moreno appeared on the charges Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $250,000 cash or bond and conditional bail at $100,000 cash or bond.
As of Friday evening, he remained in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail, according to the online custody list.
According to the criminal complaint, a Willmar police officer found a woman at Rice Memorial Hospital Aug. 16, bruised and crying. She said Moreno, who is an acquaintance to her, sexually assaulted her the evening before.
She said the assault started after she arrived at an acquaintance’s apartment building.
After she got of her vehicle, she said Moreno pressed a gun to her side and pushed her back into her vehicle. She said he then drove to a secluded parking lot at the east end of Minnesota Avenue Southeast, near Lincoln Park, in Willmar.
She said Moreno then took her out of the vehicle, kicked her and hit her multiple times while holding the gun and threatening to kill her.
The woman said Moreno then sexually assaulted her.
During the assault, she said the gun was left on the ground and she tried to shoot Moreno, but could not get the gun to work.
The woman said she then fled the scene while Moreno threatened to kill her.
She said she threw the gun in Foot Lake and went to a friend’s residence, who took her to the emergency room.
The complaint states that the officer returned to the Law Enforcement Center and compiled a photo line-up including a picture of Moreno.
The officer said he brought the photos to the woman, who immediately identified Moreno from the pictures.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 8.