Woman accused of pointing gun at visitor
AUSTIN — A 63-year-old woman has been charged with a felony after authorities say she pointed a .357 revolver at a process server.
Patricia Ann Andersen, of Rose Creek, faces one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Her initial appearance is set for next week in Mower County District Court; she's been released on her own recognizance.
The case began March 31, when a woman attempted to serve a civil complaint on Andersen. Though no one answered the door, the woman heard a voice inside yelling at dogs to shut up.
The alleged victim was walking back to her car when she saw a woman come from behind the house. The process server said she was there with a summons and complaint, and identified the woman as Andersen.
Andersen told her to leave, the complaint says, so the victim posted the paperwork to a door of the house and went back to her car. When the woman looked up from her car, she saw Andersen walking toward her, allegedly pointing a black handgun at her.
The woman drove away, later telling law enforcement she believed the defendant would shoot her.
Deputies found Andersen outside the house; she was "slow to comply with deputies' commands," court documents say, but was eventually taken into custody without incident.
Officers recovered a .357 revolver from inside the residence, where Andersen said it would be.