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June 13, 2014

Man charged with assault for alleged death threat

MANKATO — A Mankato man who walked into a Kwik Trip Thursday and allegedly told a cashier he had attempted to kill his brother has been charged with first-degree assault.

Police were called to the Kwik Trip at the intersection of Monks Avenue and Stadium Road at about 6:51 p.m. An employee said a man named Colby Lee Tolzmann, 18, of Mankato said he had attempted to murder his brother. One officer arrested Tolzmann while another officer drove to Tolzmann's residence in the 100 block of Whispering Pines Court to talk to the alleged victim.

Tolzmann's brother, identified by the initials A.P. in the criminal complaint, said he and Tolzmann live at the residence with their parents. He said he had caught Tolzmann with his iPod and charger earlier in the day, so he took Tolzmann's Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards.

That started an argument, Tolzmann's brother told the officer. Tolzmann then left for awhile before allegedly returning with a knife and threatening his brother in the kitchen. His brother estimated they were about 10 feet apart. After waving the knife in his brother's direction and threatening to kill him a few times, Tolzmann put the knife on the counter and ran out of the house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court.

When Tolzmann was interviewed by the officer who arrested him, he allegedly said, "I've been wanting to do this for a long time." He also said he stopped suddenly because he didn't want to get the death penalty, the complaint said.

Two employees at the Kwik Trip were interviewed. One of them told investigators Tolzmann said he had an emergency and, when they asked him what it was, he said he had attempted to kill someone. Both employees said Tolzmann seemed a little nervous but he remained calm.

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