Missoula man accused of Hamilton robbery held in $250,000 bond

Jess Abell

A Missoula man is being held on a $250,000 bond after allegedly wrapping a belt around an 85-year-old man’s neck and robbing his home.

Austin Allen Janssen, 28, of Missoula, was charged with assault with a weapon, robbery, aggravated burglary and theft, all felonies, in Ravalli County Justice Court on Friday, Dec. 30. He also faces misdemeanor charges of unlawful restraint and criminal destruction of or tampering with a communication device.

According to court documents, a Ravalli County sheriff’s deputy responded to a robbery report at a Hamilton residence on Oct. 28 at 9:15 a.m. Upon arrival the deputy spoke with an 85-year-old man who said the robbery had just occurred.

The man said he was awoken by a knock at his door that morning. When he got up to answer he saw a woman at his garage side door. The man said he did not know the woman and had not seen her before but thought that she might be troubled. He said he invited the woman into the house for a cup of coffee and the two talked for a while in the kitchen. The man reported that the woman said her name was “Mary,” but

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