Second suspect in July assault turns self in

Minnesota man faces first-degree burglary charge

Herman Wilson Jr.

A man facing a felony burglary charge in connection with a July assault has turned himself in after learning he was wanted.

Herman Wilson Jr., 52, of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, is charged with one count of first-degree burglary.

The charge comes from an incident on July 8 at 222 Ave. M West.

Wilson allegedly assaulted a 54-year-old man who lived at that address. The man told Fort Dodge police officers that someone knocked on his door and said something. The man recognized the voice as Sabreen Al-Hameed, 26, of Fort Dodge, with whom he’d had an on-again, off-again relationship.

According to criminal complaints, when the man went to the door, Al-Hameed, Wilson and another man went into the home and began to assault the victim. A club was used as one of the weapons, the complaint stated, and the victim suffered injuries including severe lacerations on the head, a possible broken hand, and a broken orbital socket.

The victim was also choked with his own necklace.

Officers found the man near U.S. Highway 169 after receiving multiple calls about a man bleeding.

Al-Hameed was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with first-degree burglary.

Wilson, who had his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Monday morning, told Magistrate Steve Kersten that he became aware of the charge he was facing over the weekend and turned himself in to the Fort Dodge Police Department just before 9 a.m. Monday.

After Kersten read the complaint to Wilson, the defendant asked the judge if he could be released from the Webster County Jail without posting bond.

Wilson said he has a job in Minnesota and was worried that he would lose that job if he wasn’t released from jail.

“I’m not a flight risk, Your Honor,” Wilson told the judge.

He went further and denied the allegations being leveled against him.

“These charges are false,” he said.

Wilson promised Kersten that, if he were to be released, he wouldn’t miss anything related to the case.

“I will come to every court hearing,” he said. “I won’t miss anything.”

Kersten decided that he was going to release Wilson from jail with pre-trial supervision to the Iowa Department of Corrections. This means that Wilson didn’t have to post bond to get out of jail, but that he’s also required to sign up for pre-trial supervision at the Fort Dodge Residential Correctional Facility, 311 First Ave. S.

Kersten also put a note in his release order saying Wilson is allowed to return to Minnesota for work.

Wilson’s preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 14.

Al-Hameed is still being held in the Webster County Jail on $25,000 cash-only bond.

She has pleaded not guilty to her burglary charge, and is set to stand trial on Sept. 17.