MANKATO — A Mankato man with a violent background is facing robbery and assault charges for allegedly beating a man before taking his cellphone and car keys Monday.
Police were called to the Colonial Square apartment complex in the 400 block of Warren Street just before 1 p.m. Monday. A man there, who had a bruised face and blood in his mouth, reported he had been attacked by 22-year-old Dustin Lee Murilla.
The victim told police he had been planning to meet Murilla’s sister, Amber Murilla, because she was using a car owned by his friend. While he was waiting for her in an alley behind his apartment building, Dustin Murilla arrived, the man reported. Both men knew each other, said the victim, who was only identified by initials in the criminal complaint.
At the same time the victim saw Dustin Murilla, he also saw Amber Murilla pull up. She drove away toward the Colonial Square parking lot. She later told a detective she left because she didn’t want anything to do with her brother.
After the victim ran over to where Amber Murilla had parked and was given the car keys, he was allegedly attacked by Dustin Murilla. He reported Murrilla punched him several times as he yelled for help, then took the car keys and his cellphone. The car keys were found in the parking lot, but the phone wasn’t found, the complaint said.
Both Murillas were eventually found at an acquaintance’s house in the 600 block of South Fourth Street. Amber Murilla told police she saw her brother punch the victim once before she left. Dustin Murilla, who also had a warrant for his arrest for not appearing in court for a fifth-degree assault charge in April, denied being involved in the assault.
A witness who was working in the area told police he watched as a man matching Dustin Murilla’s description beat the victim, the complaint said.
Murilla was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge related to a shooting in New Ulm.
In September 2009 he allegedly used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol to shoot at a man in North German Park. Murilla, who was in a car driven by his girlfriend at the time, fired one shot in the air and at least one shot toward the victim as several people watched.
Police searched for Murilla for two days, including at his Mankato residence, before he was arrested. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and was given credit for 93 days he had served in jail before his December 2009 plea hearing.
Murilla was found delinquent in juvenile court in 2006 for tampering with a witness. Charges of assault and making terroristic threats were dismissed in a plea agreement for that case.