Man arrested, accused of firing shots in downtown Austin


CENTRAL AUSTIN

Man accused of firing shots in downtown

Austin police arrested a man on Thursday morning after reports of several gunshots being fired into the air downtown.

Austin police Lt. Dustin Lee said officers responded to a call for shots fired in the 500 block of East Seventh Street, between Neches and Red River streets, around 2:30 a.m.

Police used HALO security cameras downtown to identify and stop a Chevrolet sedan that was spotted in the area.

During the stop, police found a handgun inside the car.

One of the occupants of the car was arrested and charged with deadly conduct, according to Austin police.

Police have not released the identity of man arrested.

Lee said no one was hit by gunfire, and authorities are still investigating the incident.

“The quick response and apprehension was due to a large number of officers on regular duty and overtime due to South by Southwest, combined with the information provided by the officers in the Real Time Crime Center,” Lee said.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

CENTRAL AUSTIN

Police: Driver struck pedicab, fled

Austin police are looking for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run with a pedicab in downtown Austin late Wednesday.

Around 10:25 p.m. a pedicab was struck from behind and crashed on South Congress Avenue near Barton Springs.

The passenger was taken to the hospital Wednesday night and is expected to make a full recovery. The pedicab operator was unhurt.

Police said the car that left the scene after rear-ending the pedicab is a dark-colored BMW, possibly a 5 series, a 2011 model or newer, with front-end damage from the incident.

Authorities have not been able to identify the driver of the vehicle. They are unsure if the driver was a man or a woman, and witnesses were unable to get a license plate number, police said.

— Brianna Stone, American-Statesman

TRAVIS COUNTY

Deputies looking for suspect in string of robberies

Travis County deputies are looking for a man they believe was involved in SWAT standoff Wednesday night and a series of robberies across the Austin area in recent days.

Alfonso Miguel Chapa, 28, is considered armed and dangerous, said Capt. Craig Smith with the Travis County sheriff’s office said Thursday.

Officials said the standoff in eastern Travis County began on the Interstate 35 frontage road near Wells Branch Parkway, when deputies chased Chapa — first in his vehicle and later on foot when he fled — who they believed robbed someone.

Chapa was not found in the vacant warehouse that a SWAT team later surrounded in in the 9700 block of Dessau Road on Thursday morning, Travis County sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies arrested a woman who was with him in the vehicle and confiscated two guns and “a very substantial amount of” drugs that were in the vehicle.

Deputies believe Chapa has been involved in at least three other recent robberies and aggravated robberies in Austin and Travis County.

Chapa previously had several felony drug warrants and misdemeanor warrants for his arrest, Smith said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on Chapa’s whereabouts to avoid confronting him and call 911.

— American-Statesman staff



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