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AUSTIN EDITION - Austin man charged in alleged assault

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Five felony charges have been filed against an Austin man for allegedly assaulting a woman Sunday.

Adalberto Salas-Castillo, 904 Second Ave. S.W., was charged Tuesday in Mower District Court with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree assault and one count of making terroristic threats.

Judge Donald E. Rysavy set bail for Castillo, 24, at $60,000 without conditions or $30,000 with conditions, including no contact with the alleged victim and signing a waiver of extradition.

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Mower County Attorney Patrick Flanagan requested high bail, citing Castillo as a risk to flee.

Castillo declined comment in court. His next court appearance will be Dec. 10.

According to the criminal complaint, Austin police responded about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 21 to a southwest Austin home on a report of an assault. An officer found a 22-year-old woman with scrapes and dried blood on her face. She was at the home of a female friend.

The woman's friend told police that Castillo assaulted the woman at his house, picked her up and threw her down the porch steps, possibly twice, onto a sidewalk, the complaint says.

Castillo would not let the women back in the house, although the alleged victim was wearing just a bra and pants, the friend told police. They went to the friend's house to call authorities.

While waiting for officers, Castillo called the friend's house and threatened to kill the alleged victim, the complaint says.

The alleged victim told police that Castillo used force to sexually penetrate her, the complaint says. He also punched her several times in the face, she told police. Her injuries included a swollen eye, nose and ankle along with several scrapes and bruises to her arms, elbows, back and neck, the complaint says.

Police found a pool of blood on the sidewalk below the porch at Castillo's house and drops of blood inside, the complaint says. Castillo told an officer he hit the alleged victim, according to the complaint.

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