Probation for felony robbery, assault convictions

Published 7:22 am Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An Austin man who was charged last June for trying to rob two teenagers has been sentenced to two and a half years probation for the incident.

Eric Matthew Louis Medina, 25, was convicted of felony robbery, assault of a police officer and fifth-degree misdemeanor assault Friday in Mower County court.

If Medina violates his probation conditions, he could serve anywhere from 90 days in the Mower County jail to a year in prison.

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According to a police report, the attempted robbery occurred in June in the 700 block of Fifth Avenue Northwest. Medina approached the driver’s side window of the car in which the teenagers were parked and began talking to one of them, asking him if he had ever been robbed.

Medina then told the teenager he was getting robbed and punched him twice in the nose, the report said. The teenager emptied his pockets but had no money, which apparently angered Medina, who punched the teenager in the face again.

The other teenager, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, refused to cooperate with Medina, the report stated. Both teenagers then left the vehicle and fled, with Medina chasing them.

The two teenagers positively identified Medina as the attacker, the report stated, and the teenager who had been punched was able to recover the items from his pocket, which had been left at the scene.

After the arrest, Medina began complaining of chest pain, so he was taken to the Austin Medical Center. There, he acted belligerently toward officers, the report stated, at times spitting at them. He was then taken back to jail.

Medina was apparently drunk during the incident, the court report stated.

As part of his probation, Medina must abstain from alcohol and controlled substances, submit to random testing and complete a chemical assessment.

Reporter Mike Rose contributed to this report.