Austin woman sentenced in failed robbery case
An Austin woman was sentenced to probation stemming from a case in which she and her boyfriend allegedly robbed a man and staged a sexual assault last fall.
Tairicca Cierre Einfeldt, 21, was sentenced to 10 years of probation and 80 hours of community service Thursday in Mower County District Court. She pleaded guilty July 26 to felony simple robbery.
Her boyfriend, Hans Gasper Kitange, 19, of Rochester, entered an Alford plea Aug. 13 in Mower County District Court. In exchange, one count each of felony first-degree aggravated robbery and felony first-degree burglary were dismissed.
Through an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges there's enough evidence for a conviction.
According to the criminal complaints, an Austin police officer responded to a report of a female stabbing victim at an Austin emergency room on the night of Oct. 29.
Einfeldt reportedly said she'd been drinking with a man who asked her to have sex. She said she consented and went to his apartment but then changed her mind. She said the man insisted and got a knife from the kitchen.
According to the complaints, Kitange arrived, and Einfeldt let him in. She told the police officer that Kitange and the man fought and she ran from the house. Officers located the man's vehicle at an apartment building and found blood and a knife at an apartment.
Kitange allegedly changed his account of what happened several times while talking to police. He reportedly told them that he heard Einfeldt scream for help and he thought the man was trying to rape her.
Three days later, Einfeldt called the detective to reclaim her belongings and money from the night of the incident, the complaint says. She allegedly said the man was a friend of hers, that she'd been at his place several times and that she was not raped.
The man had told police that Einfeldt came to his place, asked for money and offered him sex. He reportedly told police that Kitange entered the apartment and that Einfeldt ordered him to steal the man's wallet. The two struggled, and the man got a knife in the kitchen, the complaint says.
The man said Einfeldt tried to take the knife and was stabbed. The man was cut on the thumb. He told the detective that Kitange and Einfeldt fled when someone knocked on his window, something his neighbors confirmed, the complaint says.
Neighbors said they heard a man in the apartment yell for help and saw a man and woman run away.
According to the criminal complaint, the detective met with the man again two days later. The man allegedly admitted he hadn't been truthful initially and said he was afraid he would be blamed for the assault because Einfeldt was there as a prostitute.
Kitange's sentencing has been set for Oct. 5.