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Sunday traffic stop, related burglaries nab four arrests

WORTHINGTON -- What began as a Sunday afternoon traffic stop led officers to two Worthington homes in response to reported burglaries. The officers ultimately arrested a Willmar man who allegedly fled from the scene of the traffic stop and attemp...

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WORTHINGTON - What began as a Sunday afternoon traffic stop led officers to two Worthington homes in response to reported burglaries.

The officers ultimately arrested a Willmar man who allegedly fled from the scene of the traffic stop and attempted to switch his clothing, all while leaving behind his recognizable attire in Spruce Avenue and Dover Street homes.

According to criminal complaints filed Tuesday in Nobles County District Court, three individuals were arrested Sunday after 140 grams of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia were allegedly discovered in a vehicle. Those arrested include: Darien C. Frank, 25, Willmar; Angelica Dezavala, 28, Pennock; and Yolandamarra M. Radzhabov, 29, Willmar.

A fourth, Carlos Lee Rey Garza, 26, was also later apprehended, He allegedly fled the scene of the traffic stop on foot and burglarized two nearby homes in an apparent attempt to swap out his recognizable clothing with a stranger’s clothing while picking up some valuable items along the way. He was apprehended in the Dover Street home’s garage after the homeowner allegedly pushed him out of his home.

Upon his arrest, Garza allegedly interrupted the officer to claim responsibility for all the contents of the vehicle in an emphatic way, the complaint details.

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The items identified as stolen from the Spruce Avenue home by the homeowner were estimated to be valued at $500.

According to the complaint, drug paraphernalia allegedly laced with a meth residue were in an area within the vehicle the officer considered accessible by all vehicle occupants. A safe allegedly containing 140 grams of meth and 32 small plastic baggies was also discovered. A small scale with a meth residue was allegedly discovered in Frank’s backpack located in the vehicle owned by Dezavala.

Officers also allegedly located hypodermic needles in the purse of Radzhabov, who also had a Department of Corrections warrant for her arrest.

As a result of the subsequent investigation, each face criminal charges in Nobles County District Court. All face first-degree drug sale and possession, both felonies.

In addition, Frank and Radzhabov each face two counts of felony fifth-degree drug possession and two counts of drug paraphernalia possession, petty misdemeanors.

Garza faces additional charges, including: first and second-degree burglary, both felonies; two counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and theft, all gross misdemeanors; fourth-degree intentional damage to property and fleeing a peace officer by means other than a motor vehicle, both misdemeanor offenses; and two counts of drug paraphernalia possession, petty misdemeanors. His bail was scheduled at $150,000 with conditions and $300,000 without.

Dezavala also faces fifth-degree controlled substance crime, a gross misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor. Bail for Dezavala and Radzhabov was scheduled at $10,000 each with conditions and $20,000 without.  

Drug sale or possession convictions - the most serious offenses each face - are punishable up to 30 years imprisonment, a $1 million fine or both.

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11:20 a.m. Wednesday edit: defendant mugshots were added as they were received Wednesday morning.

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