Suspect charged after burglary incident

Published 10:21 am Friday, March 18, 2016

A man who broke into a woman’s home, assaulted her and then stole her van was formally charged earlier this week with six counts.

Deven Ellsworth Walker, 29, of Austin was charged with first-degree burglary-assault, first-degree burglary of an occupied dwelling and felony motor vehicle theft, all felonies. He is also charged with domestic assault and driving after cancellation, both gross misdemeanors, and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal damage to property.

At about 3:10 a.m. on March 13, a woman reported Walker had “kicked in” her door, assaulted her and then stole her 2000 Dodge Caravan. She also told police he had been drinking and did not have a valid driver’s license, according to the police report.

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The woman told officers the two knew each other and had been drinking that night before a disagreement.

Sometime later, she was awakened by a hit to the left side of her face, and Walker allegedly yelled at her. The back door was also damaged beyond repair and there was a muddy shoe print near the outside door knob, the report said.

Walker almost damaged her new television but instead smashed a ceramic plant stand when a neighbor walked in because of the commotion.

He allegedly found the keys to her van, told her, “I can do whatever I want,” and then drove off.

Later that morning, officers drove by a home on the 800 block of Third Avenue Northwest and saw the van.

Police found Walker in a back bedroom after being let in by the homeowner. Walker was arrested without incident and his shoes matched the print on the door.

Walker’s next appearance is scheduled for March 24.