Austin police charge new suspect in Thanksgiving Day shooting


Police charge man in Thanksgiving Day shooting

Austin police have accused an 18-year-old of killing one man and wounding another in a shooting in North Austin on Thanksgiving Day.

Edgar Perez-Gamez was booked into the Travis County Jail on a murder charge Saturday in connection with the death of Samuel Charlez, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Charlez was one of two men who were shot in a parking garage at 9616 N. Lamar Blvd. on Nov. 23.

Witnesses told police that they were hanging out in the garage with a group when a blue SUV drove up around 11:40 p.m.

As Charlez and the other victim approached the SUV, the driver opened fire. Friends rushed both of the men to a hospital after the shooting. Charlez, who was critically injured, was later flown to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where he died from his wounds on Dec. 6.

The other man was hit in the arm.

Austin police initially pinned the killing on 32-year-old Hector Guajardo-Garcia, who was arrested on Nov. 30 on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Homicide investigators got involved after Charlez died and uncovered additional information that led them to clear Guajardo-Garcia of the charges, and instead look into Perez-Gamez.

The report says Perez-Gamez was on probation for aggravated robbery, and had been arrested several times before for robbery, assault, possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest.

He was in Travis County Jail on Monday with bail set at $250,000.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Principal: Stranger asked students to get into his car

A man attempted to have two children walking near Anderson Mill Baptist Church on Monday morning get into his car, according to Round Rock school officials.

Grisham Middle School Principal Paige Hadziselimovic said in the email that a student alerted her of the incident Monday. The middle school student and their sibling safely avoided the situation and immediately reported it to an adult, the principal said.

Austin police monitored the area throughout the day and searched for the man, Hadziselimovic said. It was unknown whether they found him Monday.

Grisham Middle School is located off Lake Creek Parkway west of U.S. 183.

— Mike Parker, Round Rock Leader


Police looking for armed robber who assaulted clerk

Austin police are seeking the public’s help to identify a man they say assaulted a clerk with a handgun Saturday and robbed a Southeast Austin gas station convenience store.

Officers responded to the reported robbery at a Chevron gas station around 9:55 p.m. on East Ben White Boulevard, just east of Interstate 35, police said.

Police were told a man entered the store and assaulted the clerk with a handgun before stealing an undisclosed amount of cash. The man was last seen on Catalina Drive, getting into a white 2000s-model Ford Crown Victoria with black wheels, police said.

The clerk received minor injuries from the attack, police said.

Police are asking for Anyone who can identify this man is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip is the first one to lead to his arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 to leave an anonymous tip.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

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