MANDAN, N.D. — A man accused of attacking a Mandan Walmart vendor with the needle-nose pliers on a multitool and prompting the evacuation of the store in August will spend two years behind bars.
Hilario Flores, 25, of Bismarck, pleaded guilty on Monday, Sept. 16, to aggravated assault and terrorizing. South Central District Judge Gail Hagerty sentenced him to concurrent five-year sentences, with three years suspended. He also must make restitution to the victim in an amount yet to be determined, and he'll spend two years on probation after his release.
Mandan police arrested Flores on Aug. 14 after receiving tips from the public. He had eluded police since the Aug. 9 incident.
Flores told Hagerty he went to the Walmart “to get some things for a friend” and had contact with the male vendor after gathering those items.
“I guess he caught me stealing,” Flores said. “I pretty much told him to back up, don’t try to be a superhero.”
The vendor, who Flores said kicked him in the stomach at some point during the confrontation, suffered a cut on his arm, a superficial wound to his back, a puncture wound on the back of his head and a cut behind his left ear that required eight stitches, according to police.
The evacuation of the store affected about 100 people.
Flores’ attorney, Yancy Cottrill, declined comment.