Owatonna man charged with aggravated robbery, assault; Allegedly threatened individuals with knife

Published 7:58 am Thursday, January 3, 2019

Tyjuan Lavelle Williams, 31, of Owatonna was charged on Wednesday in Mower County District Court with two counts of felony aggravated robbery-dangerous weapon, two counts of felony second-degree assault-dangerous weapon and felony domestic assault.

Tyjuan Lavelle Williams, 31

According to the court complaint, Mower County dispatch received two calls at approximately 11:25 p.m. on Oct. 25 that were found to have originated at an apartment in the 100 block of First Street Southwest in Austin. Dispatch advised officers they could hear a female asking for officers and another female saying that her eye looked “bad.” Dispatchers were not able to talk to anybody and had to “ping” the phone to find the location.

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An officer arrived at the location and met with an adult male and adult female. The woman’s cheek was red and swollen and she had a cut above her left eye. The officer then spoke to the female, who said she had been assaulted by her roommate’s boyfriend, Williams. She said Williams and her roommate were arguing in the living room and her roommate called out to her that Williams had struck her. She said she told Williams to leave and that he began to pack up his stuff, then punched her three to four times in the face. She then tried to retreat to her bedroom and call 911, but Williams followed her, held a knife to her left side, and took her phone, a Google Pixel 2 valued at more than $500. She described the knife as a pocket knife with a three to four inch serrated blade.

The officer then spoke to the male, who said he saw Williams punch the woman “a few times.” He also said Williams pulled out a knife and said to him, “You want some? Give me your (expletive) phone.” He said he felt threatened and gave him his Android Straight Talk cell phone valued at $180.

An officer then spoke to the woman’s roommate, who said Williams assaulted the other woman and ran out the door. She said Williams arrived earlier that night in a “bad mood” and was being disrespectful toward her, so she asked him to leave and asked the other woman to help her get him to leave. She was sitting on her bed in the living room when she heard Williams punching the woman, so she called 911 and placed her phone under a pillow to hide it. Williams then came back into the living room, saw that she had called 911 and threw the phone against the wall, breaking a picture frame.

A review of Williams’ criminal history shows prior convictions for assault and domestic abuse.

Williams will appear in court again on Jan. 14.