Burglary sparks 45-minute foot chase through Austin

Published 11:02 am Wednesday, June 22, 2011

After a 45-minute foot chase Tuesday night, police arrested an Austin man who allegedly pistol-whipped and choked a woman before stealing $50 from her.

Alfredo Jessie Rosillo Jr. has not been formally charged, but Police Chief Brian Krueger said charges could include second-degree assault with a firearm, domestic assault, strangulation, felon in possession of a handgun, possession of methamphetamine, fleeing on foot, terroristic threats and burglary.

The foot chase began around 7 p.m. Tuesday, when police received a report of a burglary in progress in the 1500 block of Fifth Street SE. When officers arrived, the woman said Rosillo had “freaked out” on her and proceeded to beat and pistol-whip her. She said he choked her and shot his .22 handgun in her living room.

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The woman told officers she had made Rosillo leave at one point, but he came back and kicked in her front door. He also allegedly stole $50 from her purse.

Austin police brought in K9 Ghost to track Rosillo. He was located in waist-high grass in the 1500 block of Eighth Street SE after the dog tracked his scent through several backyards, Krueger said. Ghost located a bag of crystals during the search that later tested positive as meth.

Krueger said Rosillo would not willingly show his hands when officers found him, so Ghost was sent in to apprehend him and bit him once.

Rosillo was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin to be treated for the bite before officers took him to the Mower County jail.

The woman was not treated for her injuries; details of her injuries are unclear.

Krueger said Rosillo will be formally charged in the coming days.