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Crime

NEW DETAILS: Police: Man fatally shot in North Austin, suspect still on the loose

NEW DETAILS: Police: Man fatally shot in North Austin, suspect still on the loose

Austin police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead in North Austin on Sunday night. Austin police Lt. Brian Gretzner said officers were sent out to an apartment complex in the 300 block of Carmen Court around 9:36 a.m. after getting calls for a man with traumatic injuries. When first responders arrived, they found a man who had been shot, Gretzner said. Austin-Travis County Emergency...

Report: Man hospitalized after shooting in North Austin

A man in his 30s has been injured after a shooting was reported in North Austin, CBS Austin reported late Sunday. Police told CBS Austin that officers responded to a shooting in a neighborhood near Webb Middle School. Austin-Travis County EMS said the man was taken to University Medical Center with critical injuries, according to the CBS Austin report.
Five get medical help in latest spike in K2 use, EMS officials say

Five get medical help in latest spike in K2 use, EMS officials say

Another uptick in the drug K2 resulted in several people receiving medical attention Sunday evening at a downtown homeless shelter. Five ambulances reported to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless at about 9 p.m., according to Austin-Travis County EMS. Paramedics took six people to University Medical Center Brackenridge and treated two others at the scene. This marks the third time this weekend...

Authorities accuse Hutto man of racing, causing bystander’s death

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Authorities link racing to death A Hutto man has been accused of racing against another driver on a Williamson County road last year and causing a wreck that killed a woman, according to an arrest affidavit. Hernan Abel Martinez, 23, is charged with racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A Texas Department of Public Safety...
Police: Man was seen touching self in Austin hotel lobby, faces charge

Police: Man was seen touching self in Austin hotel lobby, faces charge

Police arrested a man Saturday in a downtown Austin hotel after they said they found him looking at pornographic photos on a hotel computer and rubbing his crotch, court documents said. An arrest affidavit said at 5:45 a.m. police arrived at the Hilton Austin Hotel at 500 East 4th St. A security officer alerted them to a man on a courtesy computer who was touching himself. The man, who police identified...

5 things to know if you think you’re being pulled over by a fake cop

Two drivers on FM 2001 in Hays County recently reported being pulled over late at night by a person they believed was impersonating a law enforcement officer. What should you do if you think you are being hailed by a fake cop? Here are five things to know: 1. Watch out for a damaged pickup: Authorities say a man in black clothing drove a white or silver Chevrolet pickup with damage to its front left...
2 killed in wreck on U.S. 183

2 killed in wreck on U.S. 183

TRAVIS COUNTY 2 killed in wreck on U.S. 183 Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics say two people have died after a rollover crash in the southbound lanes of the 10700 block of U.S. 183 in southeastern Travis County. The crash happened just before 8 a.m. near Von Quintus Road and only involved one vehicle. Authorities identified the victims as two men, but no other identifying information...
Driver accused of causing woman’s death while racing near Round Rock

Driver accused of causing woman’s death while racing near Round Rock

A man has been accused of causing a wreck that killed a woman while he was racing against another driver on a Williamson County road, according to an arrest affidavit. Hernan Abel Martinez, 23, of Hutto, was charged with racing on a highway causing death, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was alerted at 6:54 p.m. Dec. 14 about...
Police increased presence around Pflugerville High after stranger approached girl

Police increased presence around Pflugerville High after stranger approached girl

Pflugerville police increased the number of officers who patrol near Pflugerville High School after a stranger approached a high school girl, then screamed at her when she walked away from him, the Pflugerville school district said in a letter to parents. This incident happened at a driving school adjacent to Pflugerville High School, the letter says. Around 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, a man driving a pickup...
UT survey details data on campus sexual assault, harassment, stalking

UT survey details data on campus sexual assault, harassment, stalking

The University of Texas has released the results of a survey on sexual violence and misconduct in which 15 percent of undergraduate women said they had been raped since being enrolled. The “Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments” report was sent to the UT community via email. “This survey is a wake-up call to me, as it should be for every student, faculty member and staff...
Murder charges dropped in shooting over drugs at Austin H-E-B

Murder charges dropped in shooting over drugs at Austin H-E-B

Murder charges were dropped this week after investigators took another look at a drug deal gone bad outside of an H-E-B store last spring in Southeast Austin. John Paul Montoya, 20, is cleared in the May 20 shooting of Jeffry Rudy Sierra Lopez, pending further investigation, court records show. He was released from jail on Wednesday, but was sentenced that same day to six years of deferred adjudication...
Police accuse man of pulling rent checks from dropbox using sticky CD on string

Police accuse man of pulling rent checks from dropbox using sticky CD on string

Austin police have accused a man of stealing rent checks from a South Austin apartment complex last month by using a sticky compact disc, according to court documents. Police said in an arrest affidavit filed on Friday that they think 32-year-old Manuel Lucio used a CD with adhesive tape on one side and a string tied to it to remove rent checks from a dropbox at the Cherry Creek Crossing Apartments...
Man shocked with Taser as he flees arrest at Travis County courtroom

Man shocked with Taser as he flees arrest at Travis County courtroom

A man was apprehended by deputies who subdued him with a stun gun Friday morning as he tried to flee from a downtown Travis County courthouse to avoid arrest for failure to pay child support. A sheriff’s spokeswoman said authorities arrested Chad Archer Bishop before he could make it to an exit on the south end of the Heman Marion Sweatt Civil Courthouse. Court records show Bishop, 46, had a...

Police: 13-year-old shot dead in Killeen on Thursday

Killeen police are investigating the death of a 13-year-old who was found shot on Thursday evening. Officers responded to a call for a shooting in the 800 block of Green Avenue around 6:18 p.m. and found the teen lying on the floor with a gunshot wound. First responders performed first aid on the victim and took him to the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, but he died from his injuries. No additional...

Bastrop police searching for man who exposed himself to 12-year-old girl

Bastrop police are searching for a man who exposed himself to a 12-year-old girl on Old Austin Highway near the Family Crisis Center. According to authorities, the man was hiding in some bushes near the entrance of 144 Old Austin Highway on Thursday before he approached the girl who was walking by. The man said, “Excuse me,” then exposed himself to the child, police said. The suspect...

Hays County deputies say another car was pulled over by a fake cop on Thursday morning

Authorities in Hays County say they are investigating another incident in which someone impersonated a police officer and pulled a vehicle over. According to the Hays County sheriff’s office, the new case happened around 12:15 a.m. on Thursday on FM 2001 near Satterwhite Road in Kyle. Authorities said a man was driving in the area when a pickup pulled up behind him and turned on red and blue...
Corrections officer trainee picked for Travis jury; judge ends trial

Corrections officer trainee picked for Travis jury; judge ends trial

A man who is taking classes to be a law enforcement officer made it onto a Travis County jury this week before a county judge learned of the conflict of interest and called off the trial. It was all a misunderstanding, Judge Nancy Hohengarten said. On a jury questionnaire signed March 1, the man listed his occupation as dental assistant, a position he held before he was laid off in February. But he...

Hays County deputies say fake cop may have pulled over a second person

HAYS COUNTY Officials say fake cop pulled over a second person Hays County sheriff’s deputies say a person suspected of pretending to be a law enforcement officer and stopping a vehicle on the road last week might have been involved in a second fake traffic stop early Thursday. Officials say that about 12:15 a.m., a man was driving on FM 2001 near Satterwhite Road in Kyle when a pickup truck...
Officials: Round Rock SWAT raid yields stolen items

Officials: Round Rock SWAT raid yields stolen items

The Williamson County sheriff’s office SWAT team found several items linked to armed robberies and vehicle burglaries in Round Rock while searching a house early Wednesday in Round Rock, officials said in a news release. The robberies and burglaries happened between December and January, the release said. Horace Lee Caruther Jr., 41, was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession...
Police impersonator may have pulled over a second person, Hays County deputies say 

Police impersonator may have pulled over a second person, Hays County deputies say 

Hays County sheriff’s deputies say a person suspected of pretending to be a public safety officer and stopping a vehicle on the road last week might have been involved in a second fake traffic stop early Thursday. Officials say that about 12:15 a.m., a man was driving on FM 2001 near Satterwhite Road in Kyle when a pickup truck activated red-and-blue lights on the dashboard.  The man...
Woman jumped from moving car on I-35 to escape carjacker, police say

Woman jumped from moving car on I-35 to escape carjacker, police say

Police say a woman dove out of a moving car on Interstate 35 in early March to escape a carjacker. According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed on Wednesday, Tyquan Hassan Guzman, 17, is accused of kidnapping the woman and stealing her car on March 8. In the affidavit, police said Guzman approached the woman as she slept in her car in the 1400 block of Tinnin Ford Road. According to the report...

Murder suspect out on bond after DA fails to take case to grand jury

A murder suspect who authorities believe has deep ties to the Crips street gang is out on bond because Travis County prosecutors didn’t take his case to a grand jury in the time required by state law. On Monday, state District Judge Brad Urrutia released Joseph Sterling, 28, on a personal bond that cost the defendant about $40. Law mandates a case go before the grand jury within 90 days of an...
Round Rock man acquitted of aggravated robbery over pellet gun dispute

Round Rock man acquitted of aggravated robbery over pellet gun dispute

Defense attorney Daniel Wannamaker asked jurors to “do the impossible” and return a not guilty verdict even though substantial evidence tied his client to a Spicewood convenience store robbery in December 2015. Wednesday, following two days of discussion about the functionality of a couple of pellet guns that were used in the crime, the jury found 21-year-old Dustin Clark of Round Rock...
Police: Road rage episode led to downtown shooting amid SXSW revelers

Police: Road rage episode led to downtown shooting amid SXSW revelers

As throngs of people crowded onto downtown Austin’s streets during the South by Southwest Music Festival last week, an apparent argument between the occupants of two cars triggered a violent response from one of the passengers, who fired gunshots into the air, according to court documents filed Wednesday. Austin police said they think the shooter was 22-year-old Eric Benitez, who was arrested...
Gang member accused of murder out on bond due to technicality

Gang member accused of murder out on bond due to technicality

A murder suspect who is a high-ranking member of the Crips street gang is out on bond because Travis County prosecutors did not take his case to a grand jury in the required time. On Monday, State district Judge Brad Urrutia released Joseph Sterling, 28, on a personal bond that cost the defendant about $40. The state law mandates a case go before the grand jury within 90 days or else the judge...
Accused robber who wielded pellet gun acquitted by Travis County jury

Accused robber who wielded pellet gun acquitted by Travis County jury

A Travis County jury returned a not guilty verdict in Dustin Clark’s aggravated robbery trial. Although Clark’s attorney admitted in Tuesday’s closing arguments that his client robbed a Spicewood Quick N Save in December 2015, Clark was ultimately acquitted because the weapons he and two co-defendants used to threaten the cashier were two pellet guns incapable of killing. The...
AFFIDAVIT: Mom says she choked her 6-year-old son for acting out, police say

AFFIDAVIT: Mom says she choked her 6-year-old son for acting out, police say

A 36-year-old Austin mother has been accused by police of choking her 6-year-old son in his bed Sunday evening. Sara Inez Gonzales, 36, was booked into the Travis County Jail on Sunday night on a charge of injury to a child, according to jail records. An arrest affidavit said the child’s grandmother called police around 8:18 p.m. after she found the Gonzales straddling her son and choking...
NEW TODAY: Man accused of taking nude photos of ex-girlfriend without permission, police say

NEW TODAY: Man accused of taking nude photos of ex-girlfriend without permission, police say

A man accused of texting an ex-girlfriend nude photos of her that he snapped without permission faces a charge of invasive visual recording. The woman called police on Valentine's Day to file a report against Gary Saucedo Guzman, 53, who she said took the photos while she was sleeping, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The affidavit said the woman told investigators Guzman spent the night...

Kyle police drop probe of teacher, aide accused of assaulting student

Update: The Kyle Police Department in October 2014 dropped its investigation of two people who worked at Fuentes Elementary School and were accused a month earlier of assaulting a special-education student, according to a police document. The two employees were Kelly Cedillo and Shannon Wages. The document says Kyle police detectives were “unable to prove an offense occurred.” The Texas...
Travis County deputies searching for home invasion suspects

Travis County deputies searching for home invasion suspects

TRAVIS COUNTY Deputies searching for home invasion suspects Travis County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two armed men who were caught on surveillance cameras kicking in the door of a home in the Springdale Heights Subdivision during a burglary in early February. According to the sheriff’s office, the smash-and-grab happened at a home on Magna Carta Loop around 10:30 p.m. on Feb...
Police: Lakeway woman killed in Dallas hit-and-run, suspect arrested

Police: Lakeway woman killed in Dallas hit-and-run, suspect arrested

A Lakeway woman was killed in a hit-and-run in the uptown Dallas area Saturday morning, Dallas police said. John Adrian Esparza has been arrested in connection with the death of Rachel Spelman, 23. Esparza is charged with an accident involving death, a second-degree felony punishable with up to 20 years in prison. Spelman was hit by a car in the 2200 block of Cedar Springs Road around 2:10 a.m., police...
Police: Man returns to set cars ablaze after neighborhood altercation

Police: Man returns to set cars ablaze after neighborhood altercation

About six weeks after a man was yelled at by residents for running a stop sign in a Georgetown neighborhood, he returned and set fire to two of their cars, according to an arrest affidavit. Wayne Paul Franks, 38, of Georgetown, was charged with arson, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Police were notified at 12:50 a.m. Jan. 24 about a car fire in the 100 block of Woodmont...
Travis County deputies searching for home invasion suspects who busted into home last month

Travis County deputies searching for home invasion suspects who busted into home last month

Travis County sheriff’s deputies are searching for two armed men who were caught on surveillance cameras kicking in the door of a home in the Springdale Heights Subdivision during a burglary in early February. According to the sheriff’s office, the smash-and-grab happened at a home on Magna Carta Loop around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. Surveillance footage captured the moment the men busted...
Parents of murder victim want his killer spared from execution

Parents of murder victim want his killer spared from execution

The parents of a North Texas man shot to death during a robbery in 2006 believe the execution of their son’s killer set for next month should be called off and the man convicted in the killing should be locked up for life without parole. Glenn and Judy Cherry, whose son, Jonas, was killed in the robbery of an amusement center outside Fort Worth, have written state and Tarrant County officials...
JUST IN: Travis County deputies ID victim in Thursday’s fatal shooting, suspect in custody

JUST IN: Travis County deputies ID victim in Thursday’s fatal shooting, suspect in custody

The Travis County sheriff’s office has identified a man who was shot and killed Thursday near Wells Branch as 26-year-old Trevon Darnell Fox, of Austin.  Deputies responded at 5:27 p.m. to a shooting at the 14100 block of Thermal Drive, officials said. They found Fox with gunshot wounds and tried to resuscitate him, but he died at the scene. Travis County have also identified Deandre Eric...
Jury deciding if pellet guns used in 2015 robbery are deadly weapons

Jury deciding if pellet guns used in 2015 robbery are deadly weapons

A Travis County jury has been released to determine if pellet guns used in a convenience store robbery qualify as deadly weapons. Defense attorney Daniel Wannamaker made it clear in Tuesday’s closing arguments that his client, 21-year-old Dustin Clark of Round Rock, was one of the three men who took more than $1,000 from the cash register at a Quick N Save store in Spicewood on Dec. 9, 2015...
NFL: Brady’s Super Bowl jersey, swiped in Houston, turns up in Mexico

NFL: Brady’s Super Bowl jersey, swiped in Houston, turns up in Mexico

Thanks to Texas cops, Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey is safe and sound in Boston after being swiped from a stadium locker room in Houston, authorities said. The hunt for the NFL quarterback’s missing shirt led authorities to Mexico, where gossip was circulating that a former newspaper director there had pilfered the piece of sports history. The jersey had been stolen from a locker room...
Report: Travis County refused the most immigration detention requests

Report: Travis County refused the most immigration detention requests

Travis County on Monday was once again thrust into the spotlight of the state and national fight over so-called sanctuary cities after a Department of Homeland Security report pointed to dozens of local inmates suspected of living in the U.S. illegally who, in defiance of federal detention requests, would not be released from the county jail to immigration authorities. The report from U.S. Immigration...

Salvadorian murder suspect accused of assault, Austin police say

AUSTIN Salvadorian murder suspect accused of assault A man who police say is wanted for murder in El Salvador is accused of putting a knife in a man’s mouth and threatening to cut him up, according to court documents filed Monday. Hugo Rolando Sol-Cortez was arrested in Austin on Saturday and faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victim had been renting a room at a mobile...
Lockhart teacher accused of having improper relationship with student

Lockhart teacher accused of having improper relationship with student

A Lockhart High School science teacher has been arrested after being accused of having an improper relationship with a student, the Lockhart school district announced Monday. Sarah Fowlkes, who taught anatomy and physiology, was suspended from her job. The district also was notifying the State Board for Educator Certification about the case. The district said it first received a report about the relationship...
DWI Dude Jamie Balagia released on bond in money laundering case

DWI Dude Jamie Balagia released on bond in money laundering case

An offbeat Austin-area defense attorney who has built a practice representing clients accused of drunken driving and marijuana possession spent 11 days in an East Texas jail after federal authorities charged him with scamming $1.2 million from Colombian clients. Jamie Balagia, who operates law firms in Manor and in San Antonio, was released on bond from the Fannin County Detention Center at 10:47...

Texas Digest: Execution date set for San Antonio killer

CRIMINAL JUSTICE Killer in burglary gets execution date A San Antonio man sent to death row for killing a woman during a burglary attempt 13 years ago has received an execution date for this summer. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said Monday that the agency has received court documents setting 46-year-old Taichin Preyor for lethal injection July 27. He had been scheduled...

Plane found with 230 lbs. of marijuana in Llano; pilot faces federal charges

A pilot whose plane was found by authorities to be carrying more than 200 pounds of marijuana at a Central Texas airport is facing federal drug charges. State troopers arrested 64-year-old Wayne Douglas Brunet at the Llano Municipal Airport early Monday after finding about 230 pounds of hydroponic marijuana aboard his aircraft, federal officials said. Brunet was charged in federal court with possession...
Austin police: 202 charged with DWI during overnight hours for SXSW, spring break

Austin police: 202 charged with DWI during overnight hours for SXSW, spring break

Austin police say 202 people were arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated during the department’s “no refusal” initiative that targeted drunken drivers during spring break and the South by Southwest festivals. The initiative, during which it’s easier for police officers to obtain warrants for blood and breath samples from suspected drunken drivers, began on March...
Three face charges in connection with 2015 carjacking, jewelry store break-in

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...
Man wanted for murder in El Salvador accused of assault in Austin, police say

Man wanted for murder in El Salvador accused of assault in Austin, police say

A man who police say is wanted for murder in El Salvador is accused of putting a knife in a man's mouth and threatening to cut him up, according to court documents filed Monday. Hugo Rolando Sol-Cortez was arrested in Austin on Saturday and faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The victim had been renting a room at a mobile home park when Sol-Cortez and another man busted into...
FROM OVERNIGHT: Police seeking man who robbed two Austin IHOP restaurants at gunpoint

FROM OVERNIGHT: Police seeking man who robbed two Austin IHOP restaurants at gunpoint

4:45 a.m. update: A second IHOP restaurant has been robbed at gunpoint Monday morning, according to Austin Police. The second restaurant, at 901 East Koenig Lane near Airport Boulevard in North Austin, was robbed around 4:40 a.m. The description of the robber was similar to the description of a person that robbed an IHOP restaurant on South MoPac Boulevard near Bee Cave Road in South Austin about...

Gunshots, home ‘destroyed’ at 2 short-term rentals since Thursday

Austin police are investigating an early Saturday incident at a short-term rental property in which they say multiple gunshots were fired and several people were injured while trying to flee. The incident came a few days after a well-known local author and chef reported that her East Austin home was “destroyed” by short-term renters. Austin police Lt. Ken Hobbs said officers responded...
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