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Man pleads not guilty to threatening host

A Nebraska man who landed in jail the day after he arrived in Austin has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges.

Thok Met Gut, 43, entered the pleas Thursday in Mower County District Court. He's been charged with felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats. He also faces one count each of fifth-degree assault and dangerous weapons-switchblade, both misdemeanors.

Police responded about 9:30 p.m. May 14 to 1000 14th St. N.W., No. 110, after a caller there said someone was threatening him.

The alleged victim said Gut had arrived in town Sunday to find work and had been staying with him. The man said he'd intended to allow Gut to stay until he found a job and a place of his own, but Gut "got drunk and violent."

According to the criminal complaint, Gut threatened the man, then got a knife from his bag, pointed it at the victim and said, "I will kill you."

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Officers reportedly found a switchblade knife in Gut's bag and showed it to the man, who confirmed it was the knife. Gut was arrested, the complaint said, and a preliminary blood test at Mower County Jail resulted in a 0.28 reading. The legal limit to drive in Minnesota is 0.08.

Gut denied both threatening the man and taking the knife out of his bag, the complaint says.

His criminal history reflects a previous conviction for aggravated assault in October 2004 in Tennessee.

Gut remains in the Mower County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail. His next court appearance has been scheduled for July 13.

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