Police: Man struck woman with wooden stick outside downtown church


A man was arrested Thursday evening after police say he hit a woman with a wooden stick outside a downtown Austin church, causing her head and hand injuries.

Myles Anthony Bedell, 43, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was in custody at Travis County Jail on bail set at $25,000.

According to an arrest affidavit, the confrontation between Bedell and the woman took place Thursday morning in front of Central Presbyterian Church on the 200 block of East Eighth Street.

The woman said she was sitting and waiting for the church to open when she told Bedell to stop smoking “K2,” a synthetic drug, in the line outside. She said he came over to confront her, the affidavit says. She felt threatened so she used pepper spray on him, the document says.

Afterward, the woman said he walked away and returned with a rock, which he threw at her, and a wooden stick. She said he swung at her approximately four times, during which he struck her head, causing her to bleed. She also injured her left hand attempting to block him, the affidavit says.

Bedell was found by officers one block away, and admitted to striking the victim.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to say that Central Presbyterian Church is in downtown Austin.



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