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Austin man accused of knife threat to get mental exam

Daniel Engelman

Two people say he tried to break down a door and get at them.

Posted: Aug 3, 2018 7:44 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A man facing multiple assault charges is undergoing a mental evaluation.

Daniel Brian Engelman, 41 of Austin, was arrested on March 16 after two people said Engelman threatened them with a knife and tried to break into a bedroom where they had gone to get away from him. Police say they found a knife stuck in the bedroom door.

An Austin police officer saw Engelman walking on 9th Street NW shortly after the incident was reported and says he shot Engelman with a taser when he refused to stop.

Engelman has pleaded not guilty to two counts of 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, terroristic threats, two counts of domestic assault, and possession of a small amount of marijuana. After he entered those pleas, a judge ordered Engelman be examined for mental deficiency or illness.

Online records show the results of that exam have not yet been filed with the court.

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