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AUSTIN EDITION Man faces felony assault charges

From staff reports

A dispute between a business owner and a temporary employee allegedly ended in an attack with a hammer.

A 40-year-old Austin man was arrested and faces felony charges after allegedly assaulting another man with a claw hammer and slashing 11 car tires.

Police arrested the man, who was found hiding near a garage Monday on Sixth Street Northwest. The man was arrested after three separate incidents reported earlier that day.

Police Chief Paul Philipp said officers first arrived in the 500 block of Fifth St. N.W. on a report of a fight between two men. The "pushing match" was between the 40-year-old and the owner of a house in the area, a 35-year-old Austin man.

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The 35-year-old, who owns his own business, had hired the 40-year-old to help for the day. The fight started with the 35-year-old confronted the older man about lying regarding an incident involving his son.

The men were separated and the 40-year-old left the house.

Police received a second call from the 503 Fifth St. N.W. after the 35-year-old found 11 tires on four of his vehicles slashed. The 35-year-old told police he had seen the 40-year-old near the passenger side of one of the vehicles that was parked on Fifth Street. Police took pictures of the damage and documented the incident.

Around 11:30 p.m., police received a 911 call from the 500 block of Fifth St. N.W. on a report of an assault. The wife of the 35-year-old told police the 40-year-old man was in the house assaulting her husband.

The 40-year-old left on foot before police arrived, according to reports. Another officer saw a man in the 100 block of Sixth Street Northwest matching the description of the 40 year-old. Police found the man hiding in the area and arrested him.

According to reports, the 35-year-old told police he and his wife were in the front yard talking about how they were going to replace the tires when the 40-year-old man went after him with a hammer. The couple told police they ran into the house and the man went after them. He starting hitting the business owner with his fists and possibly with the hammer.

The 35-year-old told police he was scared the man was going to kill him and harm his family.

The 40-year-old man could be facing charges of second degree assault with a dangerous weapon, first degree burglary, four counts of criminal damage to property and terroristic threats. The man is being held at Mower County Jail awaiting official charges.

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