Two assaults reported at Spider House

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police responded to two different assault calls within one hour of each other at a popular University of Texas hangout last week.

The general manager of the Spider House Café told KXAN a homeless man was bothering customers around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night when they asked him to leave the business. On the way out, he reportedly began choking a female customer before running off before police could arrive.

Several officers responded to take the report and conduct interviews, but they were not around an hour later when the general manager said the same man returned to the Spider House Ballroom and again started causing trouble.

On the second report, the man is accused of punching another woman. He ran off before police arrived.

The Spider House says the nearby creek across from their business is a popular spot for homeless camps. On Monday afternoon, several blankets and other items could be seen beneath one tree within walking distance of the café. Although they say homeless people occasionally enter the business, very few incidents end with any kind of serious incident.

The man was described as being in his 40s, at least 6 foot tall with weathered tan skin, brown hair, and scruffy facial hair.

The victims’ injuries are unknown. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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