An Austin man facing six different charges in Mower County District Court after an incident at the Twin Towers Apartments in Austin on August 4th, 2020 where he allegedly entered the apartment of an elderly woman, grabbed her by the throat, pushed her to the floor and told her she was being taken hostage has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.
24-year-old Jordan Tashawn Travis pleaded not guilty on August 20th, 2020 to felony charges of 1st degree burglary, assault a person in a building or on property, and also to a charge of kidnapping, hold for ransom, reward, or as a shield or hostage. Travis also pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of 1st degree burglary of an occupied dwelling, and he also pleaded not guilty to gross misdemeanor charges of 4th degree assault on a peace officer, and for obstructing the legal process, resisting arrest. Travis also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of 5th degree assault, with all of the charges stemming from the August 4th, 2020 incident.
Judge Jeffery Kritzer issued a warrant for Travis’s arrest after he failed to appear for a hearing in the case on September 3rd, 2021, and the warrant was served on September 20th of this year. In a hearing in Mower County District Court Tuesday where Travis’s lawyer demanded a speedy trial, a pre-trial hearing for Travis in the case was scheduled for December 20th, with a jury trial scheduled for January 2nd, 2024.
Travis is still being held in the Mower County jail on $150,000 unconditional bail.