Man charged for assault, registry failure

Published 8:35 am Monday, February 12, 2018


Ryan Charles Ball, 31, of Austin was charged on Thursday in Mower County District Court with felony domestic assault and felony failure to register as a predatory offender.

According to the court complaint, police were called at 5:57 p.m. on Tuesday to a local business, where a woman had taken refuge. She told police Ball had assaulted her after an argument. Police observed that her face was injured, her eye glasses were broken and she had blood on her left hand.

She told police they were arguing at her mother’s house in the 200 block of Fourth Street Southwest because Ball thought she was using drugs, according to the complaint. He allegedly punched her, choked her, dragged her by her hair, and threw her to the floor. She said he cut his arms with a broken broom handle and threatened to commit suicide.

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The woman left the house to walk to a friend’s house, according to the complaint. Ball then allegedly followed her in his 1999 Pontiac Grand Am, causing her to go into the nearby business.

Police photographed injuries around her neck and throat, according to the complaint. She also complained of pain in her arm, but declined medical treatment.

She told police Ball had assaulted her before, according to the complaint.

When Ball was arrested, officers reported they observed scratches on his neck, blood on his sweatshirt and a bandage on his right arm. He allegedly told police he was trying to help the woman not live a “dope life” when she got angry with him and cut him with a broom handle.

Due to prior convictions, Ball is required to register as a predatory offender, meaning he must register his address and any vehicles he operates. Although he said the Grand Am was owned by the woman, she allegedly reported they purchased the vehicle together and that he drove the car every day, according to the complaint.

A review of Ball’s criminal history shows prior convictions for domestic assault, violating predatory offender registration requirements, check forgery, identity theft, terroristic threats and drug possession.

Ball will appear in court again on Feb. 22.