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Man, 22, charged with escape after bolting sex-case hearing

A Fort Wayne man found himself in more trouble Monday when officials said he tried to escape police on the day he was scheduled to plead guilty to another charge.

Austin Otolski, 22, began the day facing a felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor, was sent to jail for failing to comply with the conditions of his release on bond and found himself on the wrong end of a Taser gun when he tried to run from police, officials said.

He ended the day with a new felony charge: escape.

Otolski, of the 5600 block of South Bend Drive, is accused of impregnating a 15-year-old girl nearly two years ago, according to Allen Superior Court documents.

Allen County prosecutors charged Otolski earlier this year.

He was freed on bail soon after his arrest, but he was admonished at least once in court earlier this month for trying to contact a witness in the case.

Monday, Otolski was scheduled to plead guilty. He instead turned down a plea deal offered by prosecutors. A magistrate then ordered him into custody and set a new bond hearing for later this month.

An Allen County sheriff’s officer cuffed Otolski and led him out into the courtroom. As they were waiting to get on an elevator, Otolski turned and began running down a court hallway.

He ignored the officer’s commands to stop, so the officer shot him with a Taser. Otolski fell to the floor with the sound, as one witness described, of meat smacking marble.

Otolski was taken to Allen County Jail.

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