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Forum staff reports, Published October 26 2012

Willmar robbery suspects cause gas leak

WILLMAR, Minn. – Two robbery suspects fled from Willmar Police early Thursday morning, causing a gas leak that required the evacuation of half of the residents of a mobile home park.

According to Police Capt. Jim Felt, Darian Frank, 19, of Willmar, is in the Kandiyohi County Jail and a 16-year-old boy from Willmar is at Prairie Lakes Detention Center. They are being held on charges including theft, burglary, fleeing in a motor vehicle and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Residents of the Regency West mobile home park were allowed to return to their homes about 4 a.m. after the Willmar Fire Department contained the gas leak.

The incident began about 1:20 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a home for a reported robbery, possibly with a weapon.

A van and two suspects were located in the mobile home park.

The driver fled from police through yards and hit a gas meter on an empty lot before going into an open field. The driver lost control and the vehicle struck a police squad car. The two suspects were arrested.

Police determined that the van had been stolen in Willmar.