Man charged with robbing, threatening to kill friend; Second man charged with hiding him

Published 9:22 am Saturday, June 30, 2018

Matthew Jack Clennon, 20, of Austin was charged on Thursday in Mower County District Court with felony aggravated robbery-bodily harm, felony terroristic threats, felony false imprisonment-intentional restraint and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.

Ryan Anthony Lamaack, 19, of Austin was charged on Friday in Mower County District Court with felony aiding an offender.

According to a court document, a man waved a police officer down at 5:58 a.m. on June 24 in the Austin High School parking lot.

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The man reported that he had been assaulted and robbed by Clennon. He said they had been at a party at 1 a.m. near Ellis Middle School and that he, Clennon and another friend had been drinking.

Matthew Jack Clennon, 20

While at the party, Clennon tried to fight with other guys and had to be separated from them. The man then said that he and Clennon left the party and were walking to another friends house when he started texting some of the girls at the party to apologize for Clennon’s behavior.

He alleged Clennon saw the messages and “flipped out.”

Clennan grabbed the man’s phone, threw it on the ground, stomped on it and threw it into tall grass in the area of the 1100 block of Fifth Place Southeast, the court document states.  He then allegedly assaulted the man, took his wallet and keys and told him to “start walking.”

While they were walking, Clennon told the man he was going to take him to a cornfield near the airport and kill him, according to the court document. The man told the officer he did not run because he was afraid Clennon would hurt him. He said they eventually saw a truck at an intersection and he ran to it, got in the passenger seat and told the driver to go because Clennon was trying to kill him. He said the driver complied and he heard Clennon say he was “only kidding” as the truck drove away. The driver dropped him off on East Oakland Avenue and he kept walking until he saw the officer’s squad car.

The officer observed injuries on the man’s elbows, neck and ears, the court document states. An ambulance crew examined the man and the officer returned him to his residence.

The officer met with the other friend at the party with Clennon and the alleged victim. He allegedly said he had been “pretty drunk” and that the alleged victim had pulled Clennon away from a fight, but he did not pay much attention to what the two of them were doing. He also denied knowing where Clennon was.

Ryan Anthony Lamaack, 19

The next day, the officer spoke to the alleged victim, who said he had found his phone, the court document states. He also said that his other friend “found” his wallet and keys in his house and returned them to him. The officer then spoke to the friend, who allegedly admitted that Clennon was hiding in his basement when the officer showed up the previous day and that he had left the previous afternoon. He also alleged that Clennon told him he had “flipped out” on the alleged victim and “beat him up.”

A warrant was issued for Clennon’s arrest and a Mower County detective started contacting Clennon’s acquaintances, telling them that anyone caught harboring him would be charged with a crime, the court document states. During the investigation, the detective was told that Lamaack might be hiding Clennon.

The detective left Lamaack a message on June 26 and later received information that Clennon was hiding at an apartment in the 900 block of First Drive Northwest where Lamaack had been staying, according to the court document. He made contact with Lamaack outside the residence and Lamaack allegedly denied Clennon was inside and said he had last seen him “a week ago.”

While they were speaking, the landlord arrived and was advised that police believed Clennon was hiding in the apartment. The landlord said he would check and Lamaack gave him keys purportedly for the door, but when they didn’t work, the landlord got his own set of keys. Lamaack then allegedly admitted Clennon was inside and the officers entered the apartment and arrested him.

Clennon is currently serving a 20-year probation sentence for felony first-degree aggravated robbery sentence.

Clennon will appear in court again on July 11. Lamaack will appear in court again on July 12.