Austin man pleads guilty to biting officer, making terroristic threats

Published 8:57 am Sunday, December 3, 2017

An Austin man admitted that he bit a police officer on the leg as he was being arrested after “going crazy” in July.

Pablo Alfonso Nunez, 24

Pablo Alfonso Nunez, 24, pleaded guilty Friday in Mower County District Court to felony terroristic threats and felony fourth-degree assault on a peace officer as part of a plea agreement. Three counts of gross misdemeanor domestic assault will be dismissed at the sentencing,

Nunez was arrested in July after an officer was approached by a group of distraught people who said that a family member, Nunez, was “going crazy” and was trying to grab a knife.

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While on the ground in handcuffs, Nunez bit an officer on the leg. The bite was not serious and the officer was able to continue with her shift.

In Minnesota, felony terroristic threats carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, while felony fourth-degree assault on a peace officer carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.

Nunez will be sentenced on Feb. 1.