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Forum News Service, Published January 03 2014

Man faces felony charge for kicking police car door

WILLMAR, Minn. - A Willmar man faces a felony charge for allegedly kicking the door of a Willmar police squad car hard enough to bend the door so far that it wouldn’t close.

Edgard Valenzuela, 21, made his first court appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on a charge of first-degree property damage. Unconditional bail was set at $10,000.

Valenzuela also faces misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of the legal process.

According to the complaint, preliminary repair estimates ranged from $1,150 to $2,000.

On Wednesday, officers responded to a report of a loud party in an apartment building. Valenzuela was among several people who became belligerent with officers, accusing the officers of violating their civil rights, the complaint said. He was placed in handcuffs and into a squad car, with officers trying to talk to him through the open car door. Because he was yelling and refused to cooperate, an officer closed the door.

Later the officers noticed the door wouldn’t close and determined that Valenzuela had kicked it with such force that it was bent outward. There were also shoe prints on the inside of the window.