Assault suspect charged with felonies

Published 8:35am Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A 23-year-old — convicted of misdemeanors in five different criminal cases since this May — has been charged with two felonies for an alleged attack.

Washington Zinnah, of Austin, was charged Tuesday in Mower County Court for fifth-degree assault and domestic assault. The victim said Zinnah threw a large, plastic car at her and a stroller and attempted to strangle her on Sunday night.

Police arrested Zinnah after 10 p.m. Sunday when the alleged victim reported the attack. According to the court complaint, Zinnah appeared at the victim’s Austin home and was banging on the front door. The two argued, and Zinnah reportedly threw a child’s large, plastic car, which struck the woman in the leg. He also threw a stroller, which missed the woman, the complaint added.

Zinnah allegedly followed the woman into the house, busted two windows with a bicycle and tried to grab the victim by the throat. Officers said the suspect ran when they arrived; however, they were able to arrest him at Taser-point.

According to the court complaint, the suspect was convicted of domestic assault in Missouri in 2011. And since May, in Mower County, he has been convicted twice for giving a peace officer a false name, fifth-degree assault, disorderly conduct and driving after suspension.

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