Man charged for domestic assault
Published 9:19 am Wednesday, April 6, 2016
An Austin man was charged in Mower County court Tuesday after he caused Austin police to barricade a part of 10th Street Northeast last Thursday and was then arrested when the Special Incident Response Team (SIRT) was called to 12th Avenue Southwest that Friday.
Tom Heuangsayaseng, 30, of Austin was charged with felony domestic assault, third-degree assault and gross misdemeanor theft. He was also charged with felony violent felon in possession of a firearm in a related case.
Around 8:10 a.m. on March 31, officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of 12th Street Southwest to speak with a witness who reported a woman had been assaulted by Heuangsayaseng. While responding, police with guns drawn blocked off the 600 block of 10th Street Northeast.
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The victim allegedly went to the witness’s house and her face was bleeding and swollen, but wouldn’t say how she was injured.
The witness knew the victim had been assaulted by Heuangsayaseng previously and expressed concern for the victim and her children. She also believed Heuangsayaseng had a gun.
Officers found the victim at her residence and saw she was injured on her face, neck, arms and legs. Heuangsayaseng was not at the house, but officers found a black pistol holder on the kitchen counter.
The victim told officers she was out with a friend the night before and Heuangsayaseng came to her house for money because he knew she just received her tax refund and had $800, which he later took along with her cell phone.
She woke up her children for school that morning and told them to tell their teacher she was assaulted by Heuangsayaseng. They couldn’t call 911 for help because he took her cell phone and the home’s cordless phone. The victim said Heuangsayaseng hit and kicked her, causing her to lose consciousness.
The children told police what they saw and said Heuangsayaseng was angry because the victim didn’t answer his calls the night before.
Police later found Heuangsayaseng on the 200 block of 12th Avenue Southwest on April 1.
Officers watched the home and saw a Chevrolet Silverado park across the street before a man with similar build to Heuangsayaseng went inside. Officers learned the owner of the truck was suspected of assisting Heuangsayaseng in avoiding contact with police.
A white SUV pulled into the driveway and another man got out. Officers talked to the man and he said a woman was hiding someone from police. He went inside the residence and then confirmed to police Heuangsayaseng was inside.
Officers secured the exterior of the home and called in the SIRT team. The woman spoke with police, who was told of Heuangsayaseng’s arrest warrants. She repeatedly denied he was in the home. Two other people were allowed to leave the residence and also denied he was in there.
SIRT members entered the home and arrested Heuangsayaseng. They recovered a .32 caliber pistol in a black duffle bag, which Heuangsayaseng admitted to owning.
His next court appearance is scheduled for April 14. Charges have not yet been brought against the people suspected of hiding him.
He also has two other court cases from 2015 for domestic assault and third-degree sale of drug. He pleaded guilty to both charges.