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Man accused of trying to sell stolen, signed guitars


SOUTH AUSTIN

Police: Man sold stolen, signed guitars

A man accused of trying to sell stolen guitars signed by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, Jeff Beck and Willie Nelson has been charged with theft by appropriation. Austin police said he threatened to destroy the instruments if he could not collect reward money for their return.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, police believe Esequiel Martinez, 53, knew the guitars had been stolen from a Discount Electronics store in the 9700 block of Manchaca Road on April 22, along with seven laptops, an electronic skateboard, a remote control airplane and a television.

The affidavit said police received a report from a Cash America Pawn shop the day after the robbery of a man trying to sell three guitars that may have been stolen.

A clerk there referred the man to a different store but took down his vehicle information to pass along to police.

The next day, the man, later identified by police as Martinez, called up the owner of Discount Electronics and told him he had the guitars but that he would destroy them if he did not get reward money that had been offered for information leading to their return.

The owner agreed to pay $2,500 for the instruments and met with Martinez at a PetSmart off Ohlen Road, according to the affidavit.

Investigators tracked Martinez down and called him on May 2. During their telephone conversation, he told police he purchased the guitars at a flea market for $150 and admitted to trying to sell them to the pawn shop.

Martinez was already being held at the Travis County Jail on other charges of engaging in organized criminal activity and burglary when the new theft charge was filed this week.

Theft by appropriation is a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

NORTHEAST AUSTIN

2 more charged in shooting death

Two more men face murder charges in connection with the death of a 19-year-old who was fatally shot and left for dead in Northeast Austin on Nov. 6.

According to arrest warrant affidavits filed Tuesday, Dequincy Lewis Fields, 27, and Maurice Andre Taylor, 33, have been charged with murder after an officer tied them to the killing of Kenneth Johnson.

Andre Pelon Jackson, 34, was arrested Monday on the same charges, according to court records.

None of the probable cause affidavits filed against the suspects says who fired the shots the killed Johnson before he was dumped in the middle of the street in the 7400 block of Geneva Drive, but investigators have placed the suspects with the victim in the moments leading up to his death.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

SAN MARCOS

Police investigating robbery at Texas State

Police in San Marcos are investigating a violent robbery that happened on the Texas State University campus on Tuesday night.

University police officers received reports of the robbery around 9:35 p.m. at Smith Hall on Russell Circle.

In an email to students and staff on Tuesday night, university officials said five men assaulted a resident after he answered a knock on his door. The suspects stole some of his belongings before taking off.

Police urged students to report any suspicious activity to university police immediately, and to utilize the Bobcat Bobbies service for escorts around campus.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to call police at 512-245-2805.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


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