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W’bago man charged with assault, threats

By Staff | Nov 30, 2009

Warren Allen

A 65-year-old Winnebago man arrested after holding a woman hostage at his residence made his first appearance in Faribault County District Court on Tuesday.

Warren James Allen has been charged with kidnapping, making terroristic threats, domestic assault with a prior conviction and false imprisonment.

Allen was arrested Nov. 21 after a Winnebago police officer responded to a dispatcher’s telephone call that a female was being held against her will at Allen’s home.

Defense attorney Bill Grogin was appointed to represent Allen.

Bail was set at $200,000 without conditions and $100,000 with conditions.

Allen may not have any contact with the alleged victim; must abstain from the use of alcohol or controlled substances; keep court officials informed of any changes in address; must maintain contact with his attorney; and is excluded from any residence where the victim is living.

At the request of Deb Weiderhoft, Faribault County Victim Services program coordinator, Richards also granted a domestic assault no contact order.

According to a court complaint, Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley, Winnebago police officer Mike Beletti and other officers arrived at Allen’s residence around 8:15 a.m.

Authorities entered the trailer home when Gormley broke a padlock on the front door.

The alleged victim was in the living room, while Allen was found lying on a bed in a bedroom.

Allen was taken into custody and taken to the Faribault County Jail, while the woman was transported by Winnebago Ambulance to United Hospital District in Blue Earth.

Authorities interviewed a woman who received a phone call from the victim asking her to contact police because she feared Allen would kill her and she needed to see a doctor because she was hurt.

The woman also told officials one time she visited Allen and he kept the victim in a back bedroom and would not let her out.

The victim told authorities she and Allen got into an argument over unwashed dishes. She says he allegedly pushed her against the stove, and struck her on the head and arms with a closed fist.

A few days prior to the incident, says the victim, Allen installed a padlock on the outside of the front door so she could not leave.

The kidnapping charge has a maximum penalty of 40 years and a $50,000 fine. The terroristic threats and domestic abuse/prior charges each have a maximum sentence of five years and a $10,000 fine, while false imprisonment is three years and a $5,000 fine.