An Austin man facing six different charges, five of them felonies in Mower County District Court stemming from an incident that took place at a residence in northwest Austin late on the morning of Friday, August 11th where he was taken into custody after being found wearing body armor and in possession of a firearm after allegedly brandishing the weapon is pleading not guilty.  

During a Rule 8 hearing Monday, 25-year old Jose Juan Alvarez-Bentzin Jr. pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, plus he also pleaded not guilty to felony charges of committing a crime while wearing or possessing a bulletproof vest, and for receiving and/or possessing a firearm with an altered serial number, plus Alvarez-Bentzin Jr. also pleaded not guilty Monday to a gross misdemeanor charge for being ineligible to receive, ship or transport weapons all stemming from the August 11th incident.  

A pre-trial hearing for Bentzin Jr. in Mower County District Court has been scheduled for October 2nd, with a jury trial scheduled for October 16th.  Bentzin Jr. is being held in the Mower County jail on $150,000 bail or bond with no conditions.