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Austin, MN man charged for allegedly attacking father-in-law

Amanda Lillie, Austin Daily Herald, Minn. –

A 30-year-old Austin man was charged with three felonies after he allegedly choked his father-in-law and threatened him with a knife.

Afi Ali Abdi was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault, domestic assault by strangulation and fourth-degree assault of a correctional employee.

Abdi was arrested Saturday after he and his 51-year-old father-in-law got into an argument that allegedly led to Abdi threatening the man with a knife.

The father-in-law told police he was sitting at a table when Abdi, who was allegedly intoxicated, threatened to punch him. Abdi allegedly grabbed a knife from the kitchen and held it to the man’s throat, according to the complaint.

Abdi’s wife told officers she jumped on Abdi’s back to get the knife away from him. She then left with her 6-year-old child, according to court documents.

The father-in-law called 9-1-1 from Kwik Trip on West Oakland Avenue. When he tried to call from home, Abdi allegedly pushed him down and choked him before he could escape.

According to the court complaint, Abdi followed his father-in-law to Kwik Trip and asked the man to buy him food.

Abdi’s wife told officers Abdi attacked her father because they were arguing about money. She said Abdi had gotten drunk around 1:30 a.m. and was still intoxicated.

When Abdi was taken to the jail, detention deputies attempted to give him a preliminary breath test, but he was not cooperative. According to the court complaint, Abdi spit in a detention deputy’s face and mouth. Abdi said he didn’t do it intentionally, according to the complaint.

Abdi’s blood alcohol level was .12 as of three hours after his arrest, the complaint states.

Abdi is scheduled to enter his plea on Feb. 2.

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