Willmar men accused of beating a man, stealing his car


WILLMAR – Three Willmar men face felony charges for allegedly beating a man and stealing his car Tuesday afternoon.

Mohamed Daud Ahmed, 20, Ahmed Sulub Anshur, 22, and Ayab Mohamoud Iman, 22, made their first appearances in Kandiyohi County District Court Thursday.

A male juvenile was allegedly involved in the incident and is in custody at Prairie Lakes Youth Programs. If the juvenile is 16 or older, felony charges against him will be public.

The men face felony charges of aggravated robbery, motor vehicle theft and assault, as well as other lesser charges related to the incident.

The next court date for Anshur will be Sept. 11. Ahmed and Iman will be in court July 23.


All three are in the Kandiyohi County Jail.

Iman and Anshur are held on $70,000 bail for release without conditions and $5,000 for release with conditions. Ahmed’s bail with conditions is $7,500.

According to court records, a man called Willmar Police Tuesday afternoon to report that four men had approached his car while he was parked in an apartment building parking lot in southwest Willmar. He said they had beaten him and drove away with his car.

The stolen car, a 2004 Nissan Altima, was found in southwest Willmar shortly after the incident. The contents of the glovebox were disturbed, and the keys were gone, according to court records.

The man told police that one of the men punched him through the open driver’s window, yelled at him and told him to get out of the car. The man also allegedly struck the car owner with a rock and brandished a knife.

When he was outside the vehicle, all four suspects punched and kicked him, the man told police. He ran away to get away from the assault but left his car running. He described seeing the four men get into his car and drive away.

The man said he had recognized some of the men and knew where they lived, according to court records.

Willmar Police took the alleged victim to the home. While the victim watched, an officer knocked on the front door. People could be heard talking inside the house before the knock, but it was silent except for scuffing and scraping noises.


One of the house’s residents answered the front door, and an officer who had been stationed at the back of the house caught a juvenile who ran out the back door.

According to court records, Anshur came out of the residence without a shirt on. He asked if he could get a shirt, because insects were biting him. When Anshur came back out, according to the criminal complaint, he was wearing the same blue shirt the victim had described earlier.

As more occupants of the house were brought out to the front lawn, the victim identified the four people who had assaulted him.

According to court records, all four said they had been at the house the entire day.

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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