Colorado Business Owner Makes Initial Court Appearance In Dodge County Court On Burglary Charges

(Watertown) A Colorado business owner facing charges from an incident in Watertown last year has made his initial appearance in court. William Mills is facing felony Burglary and Aggravated Battery, along with misdemeanor Battery, Criminal Trespass and Disorderly Conduct; all with Use of a Dangerous Weapon enhancers.

Watertown police were dispatched in October following reports of an individual who had forced himself into a residence and assaulted a male occupant. According to the criminal complaint, Mills entered a bedroom and attacked the victim in his bed, at one point brandishing a firearm.

The victim struggled with Mills while a female occupant of the apartment called 911. Before authorities arrived on scene, Mills had fled the scene after being stabbed twice in the shoulder. Authorities recovered a pistol magazine at the scene believed to belong to Mills. With the help of the victims, officers received a description of the suspect vehicle and, via social media, were able to reportedly identify Mills as the assailant. 

If convicted, the 36-year-old faces up to 32 years in prison. A signature bond was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 25th.