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Knife attack lands Hirzel in jail
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A man was sentenced to a month in jail after he threatened a woman with a knife.
The defendant, Dustin Cody Hirzel, 26, entered guilty pleas to charges of vandalism and assault. He was directed to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and must undergo a mental health evaluation. He was originally charged with felony assault but the charge was lowered as part of his plea bargain.
The victim said Hirzel entered her Lake Shore Drive home with a knife in his hand and was acting strangely as if he were looking for someone inside the house.
“She (the victim) had just returned home from shopping when Mr. Hirzel entered the front of the house with an open knife,” said McMinnville police officer Katelyn Neal. “He was yelling ‘who’s here’ and went through the residence looking for someone hiding.”
The scared victim grabbed her 2-year-old child and hid inside her car that was parked outside. However, Hirzel then came outside, with knife still in hand and charged at the vehicle.
“He still had the knife in his hand and scrapped the vehicle trying to get in at her,” Neal said. “He then punched the mirror, leaving blood on the mirror.”
Unable to get into the car, Hirzel got into his own vehicle and acted like he intended to ram her car. That is when she called 911.
Along with the other requirements of his probation, Hirzel has been ordered to undergo batterer intervention classes and is not to be around the victim until the classes are taken.