Ryan M. Austin, 38, 26 EMS B39W Lane, Leesburg, was arrested on Dec. 20, for a level 6 felony intimidation charge.
According to an affidavit of probable cause issued by the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, Warsaw Police Officer Rogelio Navarro responded to a domestic complaint located behind a building in Warsaw. Upon arrival Navarro observed an unattended red, GMC Acadia with the windows down and the engine running. Navarro then witnessed a male subject walking in the shadows behind the building. Navarro approached and identified the individual as Ryan Austin, who Navarro stated smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated.
Austin was arrested on the aforementioned warrant and taken to Kosciusko County Jail where Navarro stated Austin became belligerent. According to the affidavit, jail officers assisted in removing Austin from the patrol vehicle and then, due to his belligerence, placed him in a restraint chair. Austin then allegedly threatened an officer, stating, “Hey cop, I’m not going to jail forever. You are dead.” He then proceeded to state numerous times he would kill one of the officers present.
According to the affidavit, officers spoke with individuals who noted Austin had forcibly removed a woman from his vehicle on an unknown date while giving her a ride home. The woman allegedly inquired why he had made a wrong turn when Austin stopped the vehicle, got out, and pulled her out of the car by her hair. The woman reportedly attempted to flee when he caught her and proceeded to smash her phone.
This was not Austin’s first alleged intimidation charge. In the evening of Oct. 19, Austin reportedly made threats against a manager at Lucky’s Tavern, North Webster, after being asked to leave for attempting to a flip a table. Austin was reportedly heard threatening to assault a former girlfriend as well stating he would slit the throat of the acting manager. Austin proceeded to warn the manager she should remember him as he would be back to “get her.”
Austin was booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on two counts of intimidation on Sunday, Dec. 20, and given a $10,000 surety bond and $500 cash bond.