Predatory offender admits to assault, drugs

Published 10:36am Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A suspect accused of assaulting two women while high on hallucinogenic mushrooms pleaded guilty Monday in Mower County Court.

Matthew Dobs, 30, of Austin, pleaded guilty to domestic assault and fifth-degree drug possession. Four other charges — gross misdemeanors for domestic assault subsequent violations and obstructing the legal process, along with misdemeanor fourth-degree property damage — were dismissed. Dobs also pleaded guilty to violating terms as a predatory offender, which reportedly happened on Jan. 10.

The victims said Dobs became violent on Dec. 30 after eating the mushrooms. Dobs reportedly grabbed one woman’s neck and pushed the other woman into a wall. He also broke items within the home and had blood on his arms, according to the court complaint.

When police arrived, Dobs was uncooperative, so they sprayed him with pepper spray and shocked him with a Taser. Dobs was taken to the hospital before being arrested. One of the victims turned over the mushrooms to police.

Dobs will be sentenced for both cases on May 30.

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