Fulda man charged with threats of violence
WORTHINGTON -- Fernando Dominguez II, 23, Fulda, appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday morning for a Rule 8 initial appearance hearing. Dominguez is charged with threats of violence with intent to terrorize, a felony, and obstruction o...
WORTHINGTON - Fernando Dominguez II, 23, Fulda, appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday morning for a Rule 8 initial appearance hearing. Dominguez is charged with threats of violence with intent to terrorize, a felony, and obstruction of the legal process by interfering with a peace officer, a misdemeanor, stemming from an alleged incident Feb. 22.
According to court documents, the Worthington Police Department received a call that Dominguez had allegedly been harassing his ex by phone. The victim had moved out of the home the two had shared with the couple’s children. She said since leaving Dominguez had repeatedly contacted her and sent photos of property still in his care that was damaged. The victim also claimed that Dominguez had told her he’d installed a tracking device on her vehicle.
An officer contacted Dominguez and told him to stay away from the victim’s current residence. Dominguez continued to drive in the neighborhood near the home, claiming he had a friend in the area he was meeting, but later said he was attempting to return a car seat to the victim.
The following day, the victim’s sister had an alleged encounter with Dominguez, who she said followed her while she was driving. She added that he tailgated her after making a U-turn and followed her. When she was close to the home her sister was staying in, Dominguez allegedly pulled into her lane, causing the woman to pull over to the side of the road.
WPD spoke with the victim, who informed the officer she was on her way to seek an order of protection against Dominguez. Soon after, the officer observed a vehicle matching Dominguez’s description arrive near the woman’s home. Dominguez exited his vehicle and proceeded toward the officer’s squad car.
When told he was going to be arrested, Dominguez resisted the officer’s efforts to handcuff him. After receiving a warning, Dominguez was tasered in his lower back. At that time, the officer was able to gain control of Dominguez’s hand to place him in handcuffs. Dominguez had an AR-15 style paintball rifle on the front seat of his vehicle.
Following his arrest, Dominguez told officers he was attempting to visit his children and drop off a car seat on his way out of state to play paintball with family. He denied running the victim’s sister off of the road.
Dominguez is currently out of Nobles County Jail on a $10,000 bond with conditions. Dominguez is to abstain from drug and alcohol use and is subject to random testing. He is to not make contact with the victims in the case nor enter the victim’s residence. A domestic no-contact order (DANCO) is in place.
Dominguez’s counsel requested a contested omnibus hearing in the case that is scheduled for later this month.