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Boyfriend could face burglary, assault charges

A rural Austin man was arrested Monday night after allegedly kicking in the door to a woman’s house.

Allen Gartner, 25, of rural Austin has not been charged yet, but Police Chief Brian Krueger said he could face charges of first-degree attempted burglary, fifth-degree assault and fleeing on foot.

Police were called to the 900 block of Eighth Avenue NE around 10:30 p.m. Monday, Krueger said. When officers arrived, they saw Gartner running from the area. After a brief chase, they were able to catch and arrest him, Krueger said.

Police spoke with two women, ages 21 and 35, at the residence who said Gartner is the 21-year-old woman’s boyfriend. Gartner allegedly came to the house looking for his girlfriend and wanting her to go somewhere with him. The 35-year-old woman told police she would not let him in the house, so he punched in the glass on the outside door.

Gartner allegedly kicked at both the inside and outside doors until they broke. The 35-year-old said he shoved her into one of the doors, causing her to cut her finger. Gartner then began running and was arrested shortly after, Krueger said.

Gartner’s girlfriend was not injured in the incident.