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Mitchell man charged with assault, burglary

Mitchell Police Division. (Republic file photo)
Mitchell Police Division. (Republic file photo)

A Mitchell man was arrested May 23 for allegedly causing a woman to fear for her safety before entering a residence and taking a vehicle without authorization.

Matthew McNally, 35, was charged with first-degree burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle, simple assault and driving with a revoked license.

At 9:28 p.m. on May 23, Mitchell police were called to an Anthony Avenue residence for a reported burglary. According to court documents, officers determined McNally had grabbed the woman's face and yelled at her during a dispute, causing her to fear for her life.

The woman reportedly left the residence, and McNally allegedly entered through a basement window, took the keys to the woman's vehicle from the house and drove the vehicle away without permission.

McNally was allegedly found driving the vehicle near the residence and was arrested.

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First-degree burglary is a Class 2 felony punishable upon conviction by up to 25 years in prison. The offense differs from second-degree burglary in that while both involve a person entering an occupied structure with the intent to commit a crime and without permission, a charge is elevated to first-degree burglary if it involves attempting or attempting to inflict physical harm on another person, if the offender has a weapon or if the burglary takes place at night.

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