An Austin man who was taken into custody after allegedly breaking into a northeast Austin residence early Sunday morning and injuring the occupant with a firearm is facing six different felony charges in Mower County District Court.  


Chief of Police Dave McKichan reported that 21-year old Cham Nygare Gilo is in custody after a 35-year-old man told authorities that he was injured when he opened the door to his residence in the 100 block of 13th Street Northeast at approximately 12:15 a.m. Sunday morning and a masked man entered and struck him in the head with a firearm.

After canvassing the area, police made contact with a neighbor who had a doorbell-type surveillance camera. Surveillance footage showed what police believed to be the suspect leaving a white vehicle, then returning to the vehicle and leaving the area.  McKichan stated that the footage was then sent out to surrounding law enforcement agencies for assistance and the Albert Lea Police Department confirmed one of its officers had a prior interaction with individuals from Austin driving a similar vehicle. The Albert Lea Police Department gave the vehicle’s information to the Austin Police Department, who then located the vehicle in Austin. A mask fitting the victim’s description was seen in plain sight inside the vehicle.

Authorities obtained a search warrant and arrested Gilo as the suspected assailant. Police also arrested a 20-year-old female from Austin, who was later interviewed and released from the Mower County jail and a 17-year-old male, also from Austin who could face charges of aiding and abetting. 

Gilo was charged Tuesday with felonies for second-degree attempted murder, with intent, not premeditated, first-degree burglary, possession of a dangerous weapon or explosive, first-degree burglary, assault person in a building or on property, possess firearm, conviction or adjudicated delinquent for a crime of violence, possess firearm ammunition, conviction or adjudicated delinquent for crime of violence and second-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon 

Gilo is being held on $500,000 bond with conditions and $1 million bond without conditions.