Machete, knife and pipe taken after Miller Street dispute in Worthington

Three arrested, to make initial court appearance Oct. 13.

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WORTHINGTON — A trio of Worthington men face felony-level charges after a reported assault involving a weapon Wednesday afternoon at a residence on Miller Street.

Yo Shaw, 27, and Ya Ko, 27, who share the same address in the 1400 block of Miller Street, along with Kalab Moges Molla, 21, are each charged with second degree assault with a dangerous weapon and second degree riot/armed with a dangerous weapon.

According to the criminal complaints filed Friday, the Worthington Police Department was dispatched to Miller Street at approximately 3:42 p.m. Wednesday for a report of an assault involving a knife.

Upon arrival, Ko and Molla were allegedly seen arguing with three men at a residence. As Ko walked away from the argument, an officer observed a black pocket-style knife in Ko’s hand and grabbed it. Ko allegedly became angry and requested the officer return the knife, and was subsequently detained. Meanwhile, another officer observed Shaw standing eight to 10 feet away and holding a large machete with a long, wide blade. Shaw was reportedly instructed to drop the machete, and he eventually complied. Shaw was then also detained.

Victims told officers that Ko tried to run one of them over with his bicycle, which then led to an argument. Ko allegedly pulled out a knife and Molla reportedly broke a beer bottle to use as a weapon. The victims reported to officers that Ko also had a pipe, and said there have been ongoing problems with the suspects.


Ya Ko, Yo Shaw and Kalab Molla were each arrested and transported to the Prairie Justice Center. There, Ko and Shaw declined to give a statement. Molla, however, said the other guys started the fight and he didn’t see anyone with a weapon. He said he tried to stop Ko from arguing with the neighbors.

Evidence items collected at the scene included a black pocket knife with an eagle emblem, a gold metal pipe, a machete and a broken beer bottle.

On the count of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, Ko, Shaw and Molla each face up to seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine, with no less than one year and one day to be served. On the count of second degree riot, armed with a dangerous weapon, the three each face five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

They are each scheduled to make their initial appearance in Nobles County Fifth District Court on Oct. 13.

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