Austin man allegedly threatens woman with knife

Published 10:53 am Monday, February 22, 2010

A 59-year-old Austin man faces a felony charge for allegedly threatening a woman with a knife while being kicked out of an area bar last week.

Tommie Earl Conner faces one count of making terroristic threats, a felony. He also faces a lesser charge for marijuana found on him right before he was thrown into jail.

Conner is in custody on $25,000 bail, or $5,000 with court conditions, which include no contact with the alleged victim and staying away from establishments that sell liquor. He awaits arraignment on March 4.

According to a criminal complaint, Conner was becoming belligerently drunk at the Hiawatha Bar on 10th Street Northeast on Wednesday evening. The bartender told Conner to leave, and several patrons assisted in removing him from the bar at around 10 p.m.

On his way out the door, Conner allegedly pulled a three-inch folding knife on a 50-year-old female and threatened to kill her, according to the bartender and another witness.

Police were called and arrested Conner at gunpoint at the nearby Bobee Jo’s Bar, the complaint states. When he arrived at jail, Conner received a preliminary breath test and blew a 0.127, which is over the legal limit. He also had the bag of weed confiscated by officers.