Man charged with assaulting woman and stealing her cell phone

Published 5:50 pm Friday, October 15, 2021

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An Austin man who allegedly assaulted a woman and stole her cell phone made his first appearance on Tuesday in Mower County District Court.

Darren Dwayne Sandberg-Karnes, 35, has been charged with felony simple robbery, gross misdemeanor fifth-degree assault, misdemeanor theft, petty misdemeanor possession of a small amount of marijuana, and petty misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

Darren Dwayne Sandberg-Karnes, 35

According to the court complaint, an officer spoke to a woman who reported that Sandberg-Karnes had assaulted her and stolen her cell phone on Oct. 10. She said they were walking on a bike trail near Queen of Angels Church when Sandberg-Karnes accused her of taking his cigarettes. She denied taking the cigarettes and indicated that Sandberg-Karnes shoved her to the ground and took her cell phone, a LG Stylo 5, before walking away.

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The victim told police she injured her elbow when she fell and was later taken to the hospital because she was unable to move it.

Police located Sanberg-Karnes at about 12:20 a.m. on Oct. 11, and questioned him about the incident. Sandberg-Karnes denied shoving the victim, saying that she shoved him, grabbed his shirt by the collar and fell to the ground. He also denied taking her cell phone.

Sandberg-Karnes was transported to the Mower County Jail, where he was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine pipe and 1.56 grams of marijuana.

A review of Sanberg-Karnes’s criminal record shows prior convictions for domestic assault and violating a domestic assault no contact order.

Sanberg-Karnes will appear in court again on Oct. 21.