MASON CITY | A Mason City man has been arrested for breaking into a home, assaulting a woman, stabbing a man in the throat and later eluding police on a bike.

Troy Allen Burtis, 34, is charged with two felonies and five misdemeanors following an incident on the 600 block of South Carolina Avenue and during his arrest a week later. 

At about 5:01 a.m. June 21, Burtis allegedly entered an occupied residence on that block by breaking and entering through a crawl space window on the back side of the home. 

There were four adults and one child in the home at the time of the break-in, court documents said, which aren't clear about the order of events during the burglary. 

Burtis, who was convicted of domestic abuse in November 2017, allegedly assaulted a woman by pushing her and pulling her hair, leaving abrasions on her left shoulder and upper back. Court documents say she was trying to keep him out of the residence by "sitting on the floor with her feet to the door."

He then proceeded to the living room, where police said he "pulled a knife and stabbed (man's initials) in the neck," court documents said, resulting in a laceration 1-inch wide on the left side of the man's neck. 

Burtis then allegedly left the residence through the front door.

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A warrant was issued for his arrest on the following charges June 21: first-degree burglary and willful injury causing serious injury, both felonies, and domestic abuse assault -- second offense and misdemeanor carrying weapons -- knife used in crime, both misdemeanors. 

On June 28, Mason City police arrested Burtis, who accrued three more charges during the arrest: misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance -- second offense, carrying weapons and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Burtis is accused of fleeing police on a bike about 6:30 p.m. that day on Second Street Northwest. 

“The Defendant had a loaded pellet gun concealed in a bag on his bike he was riding while fleeing from officers,” court documents said.

When police caught Burtis, court documents say they found methamphetamine, syringes and a meth pipe.

He was booked in Cerro Gordo County Jail, where he is being held on a $39,000 bond. A no-contact order has been filed. 

Burtis is scheduled to appear in Cerro Gordo County District Court July 6.

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