Police looking for teen after assault, robbery

Published 11:06 am Monday, November 7, 2016

Austin police were still looking for a 16-year-old Monday morning after the teen allegedly punched a 20-year-old man and took money from his wallet.

According to Police Chief Brian Krueger, the 20-year-old victim was going to meet friends around 3:42 p.m. Friday when he ran into the 16-year-old, who he told police he barely knew, in the alley behind Donker’s Hometown Appliance near the 1100 block of First Avenue Southwest.

The teen gave the man a hard time and eventually punched him. When the 20-year-old’s wallet fell out, the teen took the money from the wallet and fled the scene.

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Officers set up a perimeter in the area and tracked the teen with a K-9, but he could not be located. Krueger said someone may have picked the teen up.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, police were still looking for the teen on suspicion of assault and simple robbery.

Man transported for evaluation after breaking into home

A 41-year-old Austin man was taken for evaluation after he broke out a window on the 900 block of Eighth Avenue Southwest, broke into a residence and called police fearing a gang was after him.

The suspect allegedly used a baseball bat to break a window and gain entry into the home of a 72-year-old man, who was home and unharmed, around 8:22 p.m. Saturday.

Once inside, the suspect called police. Police found the man to be very paranoid, saying people or a gang were after him.

Krueger said the east entrance of the property was badly damaged.

He was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin for evaluation, and possible charges will be left to the Mower County Attorney’s Office.