Willmar man arrested for threatening law enforcement, public with knife
WILLMAR — A man was arrested Thursday after brandishing a knife, yelling obscenities and threatening people, including police officers, in the area of First Street and Becker Avenue, according to a news release from the Willmar Police Department.
Steven Garcia, 32, of Willmar, has been charged with two felony counts of second-degree assault — fear, and one felony count of threats of violence. He made his first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court and was released without bail. His next court date is May 23.
According to the Willmar police, officers responded to the area around 3:15 p.m. Thursday after receiving reports from several callers about someone with a knife. The callers said the man was headed west on Becker Avenue into the downtown area of Willmar.
Officers located the man, later identified as Garcia, walking near the Kandiyohi County Courthouse. As officers approached Garcia, he pulled the knife from his coat and began waving it around and stated he was going to kill the officers, according to the news release.
From their patrol cars, using the public address system, officers ordered Garcia to put the knife down. Officers also parked their cars in a way to keep Garcia from entering any buildings and to also use them as barriers from an attack.
According to the release, Garcia eventually threw the knife down and started running west to the area around Seventh Street Southwest and Litchfield Avenue. Officers were able to tackle Garcia, who continued to resist arrest, the release said. Garcia was eventually transported to the Kandiyohi County Jail.
It was found during the investigation that Garcia had threatened to kill at least three citizens during the incident, the release said.