Austin man charged with threatening woman with knife; Was allegedly ‘drunk and angry’

Published 9:01 am Wednesday, May 29, 2019


Felix Oswaldo Ambriz-Raya, 28, of Austin was charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, felony terroristic threats, misdemeanor domestic assault-fear of bodily harm and misdemeanor fourth-degree DWI-alcohol concentration 0.08 within two hours on Tuesday in Mower County District Court.

According to the court complaint, an officer responded to a call of a domestic assault involving a knife at 10:43 p.m. on Sunday at a residence in the 2000 block of Third Avenue Northeast. When the officer arrived, a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was seen leaving the residence. The officer took down the plate and attempted to contact someone in the residence. When no one answered, the officer entered the residence to make sure no one was hurt or unresponsive. He then ran the plate number, which came back as owned by Ambriz-Raya.

The report on the vehicle showed a prior address in the 800 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast. While en route to that address, the officer spotted the Chevrolet at a residence in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue Northeast and saw Ambriz-Raya on the front steps. The officer made contact with him and noted he appeared to be intoxicated.

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The officer spoke to a woman at the residence who appeared frightened and apprehensive about speaking. She told the officer she and Ambriz-Raya got into an argument at the Third Avenue Northeast residence. She described him as “drunk and angry” and said he threatened her with a knife when she said she was going to the home of a relative, telling her, “Don’t make me do something that I’ll regret.” She texted her relative, who came by the residence to pick her up, and Ambriz-Raya arrived at the residence 10 minutes later.

Ambriz-Raya was placed under arrest for domestic assault. While at the Mower County Jail, officers had him perform several field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. A breathalyzer test showed Ambriz-Raya had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.12.

Ambriz-Raya admitted to police that he and the victim had been arguing and that a relative had picked her up and brought her to the residence on Fifth Avenue Northeast, but denied driving to that residence.

The responding officer returned to the Third Avenue Northeast residence with the victim, who pointed out the knife Amriz-Raya used. The knife was collected as evidence.

Ambriz-Raya will appear in court again on June 6.