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Police: Knife-wielding man broke into woman's room with power drill

Austin Heater, 25
Austin Heater, 25

Police described a domestic attack like it was a scene out of a slasher movie.

On Monday, a woman living in the 3900 block of Benton Drive locked herself in her bedroom to get away from Austin Heater, 25, Joliet police Sgt. Darrell Gavin said.

However, Heater allegedly used a power drill to remove the door knob and lock and forced his way into the room.

The woman said Heater then pushed her and cut her right hand with a pocket knife before she ran to another room and called the police, Gavin said. Officers responded and arrested Heater on charges of domestic battery and interfering with a report of a domestic battery, he said.

The woman said the incident began when Heater entered her bedroom and placed a pile of broken glass on her bed before accusing her of breaking glass in his room, Gavin said, and also alleged that they argued and Heater pushed her.

She told police she tried contacting the authorities but Heater snatched away her cellphone and pushed her into the corner of her bedroom, Gavin said, and Heater than allegedly smashed the cellphone.

When officers arrived, they stopped Heater from attempting to enter a vehicle in the driveway, Gavin said, and when asked, told them his knife was on the hood of a truck in the driveway.

Heater was jailed on a $15,000 bond.

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