26-year-old arrested for beating victim, stealing his shoes

Published 10:44am Friday, March 21, 2014

One Austin man turned a war of words on Facebook into assault charges after he was arrested for beating up a 21-year-old and stealing his shoes Thursday.

Police Chief Brian Krueger said officers were called to the area near 10th Place and 21st Street Northeast at about 6:42 p.m. Thursday for a report of a fight. Witnesses told police the 26-year-old suspect closely followed the victim in his car, passed him on the road and stopped abruptly, forcing the victim to stop his vehicle as well. The suspect allegedly got out of his car and approached the victim’s car, yelling for the victim to come out and fight him. Witnesses said the suspect also allegedly punched the victim’s car windows several times as well, according to Krueger.

The victim got out of his car, only to get punched and knocked to the ground, according to a police report. The suspect then allegedly kicked the victim in the head several times, stole his shoes and drove off. The victim refused medical treatment at the scene, according to the report.

Krueger said police found the suspect soon after the incident and arrested him. The suspect and victim knew and had threatened each other on Facebook, according to the report.

The suspect is in Mower County jail on assault, burglary, theft and careless driving charges.

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