Austin resident linked to several burglaries pleads not guilty

Published 8:49 am Tuesday, October 13, 2009

An Austin man believed to be linked to a number of recent burglaries pleaded not guilty Monday to charges stemming from an incident last month.

Arsenio Broderick Hanson, 20, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony first-degree burglary. A trial date has not been set.

Those charges stem from a Sept. 30 incident when Hanson and a 15-year-old male allegedly broke into someone’s residence and were later found by police inside the home.

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The teenager faces two counts of first-degree burglary, as well as two counts of third-degree burglary.

The two were arrested when police found them hiding in a home in the 700 block of Eighth Avenue Northwest wearing ski masks and carrying a crowbar, according to a police report.

The juvenile wrestled with police while being led away, and Hanson had to be “drive stunned” by a Taser before he was arrested, according to the report.

Police found an MP3 player on the juvenile and were able to link it to a man living on the same block.

That man, 59, later told police that two of his garages had been broken into earlier that night and a few of his cars had been rifled through.

After more investigation, police recovered a gun that had been reported stolen from a house on the 600 block of 11th Avenue Southwest a few days earlier.

The weapon was found at the home of the girlfriend of one of the suspects, the report states.

Also recovered from a different location were a few items taken from a home on the 600 block of Eighth Avenue Southwest the weekend before.

Police believe Hanson and the young male are responsible for the incidents, and possibly for a few other burglaries in recent weeks.