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Austin man to stand trial for stalking and threats

Jose Avelar Jose Avelar

Authorities say he previously assaulted the same victim.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 8:22 PM

AUSTIN, Minn. – A man is going to stand trial, accused of stalking and threatening a woman he was previously convicted of assaulting.

Jose Alfonso Francis Avelar, 36 of Austin, is charged with pattern of stalking and three counts of making terroristic threats. All four crimes are felonies.

Authorities say that after a no contact order between Avelar and the woman expired in June, he began sending her texts that threatened to kill her, her current boyfriend, and himself. Court documents say some of the texts included a photograph of a rope with a noose.

The woman also says she returned home one night in July to find Avelar in her daughter’s bedroom with her kids. Avelar is also accused of showing up at the woman’s home with a crowbar in his hand and threatening to kill the woman, her current boyfriend, and then himself.

Court records indicate Avelar was convicted of domestic assault and violating a no contact order in Mower County in 2016. Both crimes involved this same woman.

Avelar was arrested on July 31. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin on December 17.

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