Austin man charged with domestic assault; Allegedly found hiding from police under back deck

Published 8:43 am Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Mark Alan Badgley, 58, of Austin was charged on Monday in Mower County District Court with felony domestic assault.

According to the court complaint, police were called regarding a domestic situation at 11:12 p.m. on Friday in the 100 block of 19th Street Southeast. A woman reported that Badgley had slammed her fingers in a door. When police arrived, one officer observed a motion light turn on in the back of the house. Officers went to the rear of the residence and found Badgley hiding beneath a deck. He was hostile toward the officers, refused to give a statement and repeatedly said he “didn’t do anything.” He also refused a preliminary breath test, though admitted to consuming alcohol.

An officer spoke to the alleged victim, who said Badgley was drunk when they started arguing earlier that evening, the complaint states. She said Badgley cursed at her, told her to get out of the house, and pushed her out the back door, where she fell on the deck. When she tried to get back in, Badgley shut the door on her hand. An officer observed a cut on the woman’s right middle finger.

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The complaint states Badgley was arrested and taken to the Mower County Jail, where a preliminary breath test showed an alcohol concentration of 0.22 percent.

A review of Badgley’s criminal record shows prior convictions for domestic assault.

Badgley will appear in court again on Dec. 10.