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Man charged with assault with a knife reportedly told officers if he had a gun, he would have used it

After speaking with officers about the Jan. 10 incident, Chavez-Romero reportedly said "“and guess what, if I had a gun, I would have shot [the victim]. It’s as simple as that."

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WORTHINGTON — Avilio Chavez-Romero, 21, has been charged with a felony level count of assault with a dangerous weapon and threats of violence, also a felony-offense level charge. Chavez-Romero, a Worthington resident, also faces a misdemeanor count of domestic assault for allegedly committing an act with intent to cause fear of immediate bodily harm or death against a family or household member.

On Jan. 10, Worthington police officers were dispatched to a residence on the 1000 block of 8th Avenue, after receiving reports of a domestic assault in progress involving a knife. Chavez-Romero was outside the residence when officers arrived. After being searched by officers, Chavez-Romero reportedly stated that he didn't have the knife anymore but did have one prior.

Another officer went into the house and spoke with the victim. The officer observed a filet knife sticking in the dining room table which the victim indicated was the weapon Chavez-Romero had used while reportedly making threats.

The victim stated there had been an argument with Chavez-Romero, during which some shoving had taken place. The victim said Chavez-Romero had threatened to murder him and that he “didn’t care what they do”, to which the victim responded by telling Chavez-Romero to prove it. Chavez-Romero then reportedly grabbed a knife, pointed it at the victim, and stabbed the knife into the table.

According to the victim, Chavez-Romero had acted in the same manner before and officers had previously said to call when he gets like this. The victim’s juvenile sister had also observed the incident before being told to go to her room by the victim. When police spoke with her, the sister stated she had observed Chavez-Romero holding a knife, getting mad, and trying to use the knife on the victim. She stated she was scared and Defendant has acted in this manner before.

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Chavez-Romero told officers that the victim had been in his face, and reportedly admitted to pushing and threatening the victim with a knife. According to the report, Chavez-Romero then stated that, if he had had a gun, he would have shot the victim.

Chavez-Romero was arrested and booked into the Nobles County Jail pending a court appearance. If convicted, Chavez-Romero faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and or a $14,000 fine for the assault with a dangerous weapon charge. The threats of violence charge carries a maximum penalty of five year in prison, and/or a $10,000 fine and the misdemeanor domestic assault charge has a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail, and/or a $1,000 fine.

The Southwest Crisis Center is available in our community to support and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence. For questions about services or how you can help, contact the Southwest Crisis Center at 1-800-376-4311 or mnswcc.org .

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTSWORTHINGTON
Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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