Suspect convicted of threatening homeowner

Published 8:04am Friday, June 14, 2013

An Austin man arrested for reportedly threatening a homeowner in January was convicted of terroristic threats Thursday in Mower County Court.

Jose Lopez Soto Jr., 38, was sentenced to five years’ supervised probation and 80 hours’ community service for the felony offense. A felony charge for second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon was dismissed.

According to the court complaint, Soto made threats with an extendable baton toward someone inside an Austin home on Jan. 28. The homeowner called police, and Soto left and returned about 20 minutes later and continued banging on a window. Police say the matter was related to another case involving credit card fraud. Police found Soto within a block of that home along with a woman and arrested them. Police reportedly found 2.65 grams of meth in the car they were driving; however, that fifth-degree drug possession charge against Soto was dismissed on Thursday.

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