Man faces new charges after struggling with police during arrest

Russell S. Austin, Courtesy: Henrico Police Department
Russell S. Austin, Courtesy: Henrico Police Department

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A Henrico man was arrested early Saturday morning after a violent domestic dispute but faces additional charges for his conduct while being taken into custody.

35-year-old Russell S. Austin was charged with misdemeanor vandalism and cruelty to animals when he allegedly stomped on a cat while being arrested and damaged a police car with his head.

Austin had tried to evade police earlier in the evening.

Officers were originally called to a home in the 300 block of Taylor Road around 11:00 p.m. Friday night.

When they arrived police say a woman and child were in the street claiming Austin had threatened to shoot them and burn their property.

That's when police say they saw Austin flee from the home to a nearby tree line with a shotgun in hand.

Additional officers were then called to establish a perimeter and begin a search.

Police say their investigation led them to the home of an acquaintance of Austin's.

He, and a loaded shotgun, were discovered and seized.

That's when police say Austin became belligerent, physically struggling with officers.

While being escorted from the home, police say Austin stomped on a cat that had crossed their path.

Police also say he banged his head against a police vehicle doing $1,000 worth of damage.

Austin is a convicted felon and was charged with possession of a firearm, threatening to burn property and a misdemeanor for domestic assault.

That's in additional to his vandalism and cruelty to animal charges obtained while being arrested.

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