You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Three face charges in connection with 2015 carjacking, jewelry store break-in


It’s taken more than a year, but police on Friday filed arrest warrants for three men who they say were behind a violent carjacking turned attempted jewelry store heist in 2015.

According to court records, Pedro Inez Ramirez, 27, Kevin Scott Starnes, 43, and Jesus Miguel Ochoa, 24, face charges of aggravated robbery and burglary of a building in connection with the Oct. 10, 2015 incident.

A juvenile suspect has also been accused of being involved, but his identity has not been released.

Around 2 a.m., a man was carjacked in a parking lot in the 9000 block of the Interstate 35 service road near Rundberg Lane.

The man told police he pulled over to check his tire pressure when four men pulled up in an SUV and pulled him out of the truck.

He said he was thrown to the ground and kicked in the face. Then one of the men hopped into his truck and drove it away as the others took off in the SUV, the affidavit said.

About two hours later, officers received reports of a burglar alarm at a jewelry store in the 6000 block of Interstate 35. When they got to the store, they found that the stolen truck had been driven through the front of the building.

Surveillance footage inside the store showed a driver get out of the truck and three others run into the store, according to the affidavit.

Police were later able to identify one of the suspects through fingerprints found on a vehicle and used cell phone tracking technology, along with interviews, to tie the others to the crime.

After being arrested, the suspects told police that all the jewelry in the store had been removed from display cases for the night by the time they arrived, so they were unable to make off with anything.

Both Starnes and Ramirez are currently in custody at the Travis County Jail, but Ochoa was not listed as in custody on Monday afternoon.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Four killed in Fayette County head-on crash

Four people were killed Sunday morning in a head-on crash on a rural road outside of La Grange, police said. A Hyundai sedan and a GMC pick-up truck slammed into each other on County Road 159 in Fayette County about 4 miles outside of La Grange, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman. The crash occurred at 11:47 a.m. Sherry Williams...
Texas Digest: Officer’s widow gets 12-year sentence for killing him

SAN ANTONIO Officer’s widow sentenced for killing him A woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for killing her husband — a San Antonio police officer — by running him over with her vehicle. The San Antonio Express-News reported that Diana Marileen Lopez, 27, was sentenced after a court hearing Friday. She had pleaded guilty...
Man charged in Temple boat accident that killed young girl

The man piloting a houseboat that ran over and killed a young girl in Temple has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, Bell County authorities said on Sunday afternoon. The Bell County district attorney’s office issued the complaint against Jason Bernal after Temple police presented the case against him on Sunday, according to a police...
Fonda San Miguel chef shaped Austin’s food scene
Fonda San Miguel chef shaped Austin’s food scene

Chef Miguel Ravago, one of the early leaders of the Austin culinary scene and a founder of seminal interior Mexican restaurant Fonda San Miguel, died Saturday, according to friends. He was 72. Fonda San Miguel helped shift the way Austinites understood their neighbor to the south, and before the ubiquity of celebrity chefs on television, Ravago served...
Power company reporting electrical outages east of Austin

Update: A Bluebonnet spokesman said that as of 3:30 p.m. electrical power had been restored to all but 17 households that had experienced the outage. A cell of thunderstorms east of Austin is the most likely culprit for an electrical outage affecting about 600 people, a spokesman for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative said. Will Holford said 577 customers...
More Stories