Man arrested after alleged break-in, assault
A 39-year-old Austin man was arrested shortly after midnight Wednesday after allegedly breaking into an ex-girlfriend's house, then assaulting her when she arrived home.
According to the police report, the woman told officers she'd left her residence about 10 p.m. Tuesday; when she returned about 12:15 a.m., she saw the man riding a bicycle around the side of her house. He allegedly approached the car and a verbal argument ensued.
As the alleged victim exited the vehicle, the man pushed her "with closed fists in the face" and knocked her down, the report says, then left on his bike. Officers noted slight swelling on her right cheek and a scratch on her hand. She refused medical attention at the scene.
According to the report, the woman said her door had been locked when she left; when she went inside, the living area was "trashed" and a rear window was broken.
Officers located the man soon after arriving; he remains in the Mower County Jail pending formal charges.
The Austin Post-Bulletin typically doesn't identify suspects until they've been charged.