Felon is arrested following search

By Tim Ruzek

A convicted felon living in Austin was arrested last week allegedly in possession of a rifle, ammunition, bullet-proof vest and drugs.

Michael Paul Cain, 28, is charged in Mower District Court with single felony counts of felon in possession of a firearm and fifth-degree drug crime (subsequent offense).

Cain appeared Thursday in court, where conditional bail was set at $10,000, records show.


According to the criminal complaint, authorities conducted a search warrant about 7:05 a.m. June 10 at Cain’s Unit 1 apartment at 807 Third Ave. N.E. Officers found Cain in the living room and a 21-year-old in a bedroom.

Authorities seized a .22-caliber rifle found in a bedroom with a military flak jacket, the complaint says. Two boxes of ammunition for the rifle were in the living room along with a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine that had trace amounts of the drug.

Police also seized numerous items related to drug use.

Cain’s cell phone allegedly contained text messages related to drug sales.

The following day at the jail, Cain allegedly admitted the drug paraphernalia, drugs, rifle and ammunition belonged to him. The complaint says Cain told police he got the rifle from a friend and uses meth one to two times a week.

Cain, who is scheduled to return to court June 26, has a felony conviction for a fifth-degree drug crime from a 2001 incident in Dodge County.

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