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Crime

Teen faces murder charge as 2nd suspect in North Austin homicide

Teen faces murder charge as 2nd suspect in North Austin homicide

NORTH AUSTIN Second teen accused in homicide Austin police have accused a second 19-year-old of being involved in the shooting death of a man over a marijuana deal about three weeks ago in North Austin. Police on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of Javier Teague-Salas, 19, on a charge of murder in the Dec. 29 killing of Anthony Brown, 26. Police have already arrested 19-year-old Mosses Howell...
Mother, daughter charged in North Austin game room killing

Mother, daughter charged in North Austin game room killing

Austin police have identified more suspects in the fatal shooting of a 58-year-old woman over the summer at an illegal North Austin game room.  Lestelle Scott, 47, and Shalonda Scott, 23 – an Austin mother and daughter – are wanted on charges of capital murder in the shooting death of Ga Young Chon, according to their arrest affidavits. Police believe that Chon managed and owned...
Man killed in Austin police shooting Saturday is identified

Man killed in Austin police shooting Saturday is identified

Austin police have identified the man killed in a fatal police shooting on Saturday as 47-year-old Scott Laurance Gilpin. Police on Tuesday also released the name of the officer who shot Gilpin. Officer Jesse Lane has been with Austin police for 2 ½ years, officials said. He is on paid administrative leave, which is customary in cases of fatal police shootings. Austin police are conducting...
Lawyers raised doubts about Austin DNA lab work as early as 2009

Lawyers raised doubts about Austin DNA lab work as early as 2009

Long before the Austin Police Department’s DNA crime lab was shuttered, prosecutors and defense lawyers were second-guessing its work. In 2009, prosecutors raised red flags about DNA results in a rape case, later dismissed the charges against the suspect and eventually hired two private labs to double check the department’s results before refiling them. In 2015, a rape suspect&rsquo...
At end of Restore Rundberg grant period: crime down, future uncertain

At end of Restore Rundberg grant period: crime down, future uncertain

A few years ago, Barbara Williams said, she carried a pistol and a knife with her everywhere she went. She called police after hearing the cries of a little girl assaulted outside her window. She watched her neighbors openly dealing drugs out of the front doors of their North Austin apartments. She said she put a sign on her own door: “This is not the drug house.” Now things have changed...

Woman killed in collision on U.S. 183 in Northwest Austin

NORTHWEST AUSTIN Woman killed in collision U.S. 183 near Pond Springs Road was briefly closed after a fatal collision early Sunday, officials said. A woman was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed into another vehicle around 2 a.m. Authorities have not identified the woman who was killed but said she was in her 30s. She was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Austin-Travis County EMS...
Austin DJ beats luck, plays Friday the 13th gig after getting stabbed

Austin DJ beats luck, plays Friday the 13th gig after getting stabbed

Just after 1 a.m. Saturday, Austin DJ Miguel Angel showed up to a popular downtown club to play a show with fresh knife wounds across his face. Only hours earlier, on Friday the 13th, Angel had been stabbed in his East Austin apartment, Austin police said. Angel, known to fans as “ulovei,” chronicled the night on social media, proving the old adage that the show must go on. Austin police...

Panel speakers at Huston-Tillotson reflect on race, policing issues

In tackling the issues of race and police in Texas, State Rep. Eric Johnson said that it was time to stop “admiring the problem” and time to find solutions. He spoke Saturday as part of a panel of Texas law enforcement leaders, including former Austin police Chief Art Acevedo, during a Texas Tribune symposium on race and public policy at Huston-Tillotson University. Johnson said solving...
Unlucky Friday the 13th? Austin DJ Miguel Angel plays show hours after getting stabbed

Unlucky Friday the 13th? Austin DJ Miguel Angel plays show hours after getting stabbed

Austin DJ Miguel Angel, aka ulovei. Photo from Facebook Austin DJ Miguel Angel, also known as “ulovei,” said he was the victim of a stabbing in East Austin on Friday night but he was still able to play a show just hours later.

Authorities investigating robbery-turned-homicide in Travis County

A robbery in southeast Travis County turned deadly early Saturday, resulting in the first homicide investigation of 2017 for the Travis County sheriff’s office. According to detectives, several individuals robbed a group of men in a building next to Plaza Mexico at 6712 U.S. 183. Witnesses called 911 after hearing gunshots being fired. Deputies were called just before 2:30 a.m. to help Austin-Travis...

Man with rifle killed by police outside Northwest Austin church

An armed man in his 40s was shot and killed by Austin police outside a Northwest Austin church early Saturday. The man, whose identity hasn’t been released, held police at bay for about a half-hour, firing his rifle several times into the air, before he was confronted by police and fatally shot, police said. The incident is Austin’s first officer-involved shooting this year and comes only...
Authorities investigating robbery-turned-homicide in southeast Travis County

Authorities investigating robbery-turned-homicide in southeast Travis County

A robbery in southeast Travis County turned deadly early Saturday, resulting in the first homicide investigation of 2017 for the Travis County sheriff’s office. According to detectives, several individuals robbed a group of men in a building next to Plaza Mexico at 6712 U.S. 183. Witnesses called 911 after hearing gunshots being fired. Deputies were called just before 2:30 a.m. to help Austin-Travis...
Man with rifle killed in police shooting outside Northwest Austin church

Man with rifle killed in police shooting outside Northwest Austin church

7:40 a.m. update: An armed man in his 40s was shot and killed by Austin police outside a Northwest Austin church early Saturday. Before the fatal shooting, police said, the man had fired several times into the air with a rifle and had refused to put down his weapons. Police have not released the identities of either the man or the officer who fatally shot him. The incident began as a response...
Police: Man shatters store freezer door, demands tequila during third DWI arrest

Police: Man shatters store freezer door, demands tequila during third DWI arrest

Police say a man accused of drunken driving on Wednesday “loudly and repeatedly” told them that he wanted a tequila shot during his arrest. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, officers received reports of a man who had fallen and shattered the door of a glass freezer at a convenience store in the 12300 block of Harris Branch Parkway around 7:40 p.m. Witnesses told police the man...

Woman charged with DWI had unrestrained infant in vehicle, police say

NORTHEAST AUSTIN Police: Woman charged with DWI had child in car Police say a woman charged with driving while intoxicated had an unrestrained 4-month-old infant in the back seat when she was pulled over by authorities in Northeast Austin on Tuesday. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Lakeshia Bryson, 33, was pulled over at Johnny Morris Road and FM 969 just before 10 p.m. after her mother...

Bill to create bulletproof vests grants is being made a high priority

A Dallas senator filed a bill on Thursday that would give money to Texas law enforcement agencies to buy bulletproof vests capable of stopping high-caliber bullets. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick gave state Sen. Royce West’s bill a coveted low bill number, marking it as one of Patrick’s top priorities for passage during this year’s session. “I commend Sen. West for filing this...
U.S. officials: Fugitive in Victoria Co. vehicular homicide caught in Austin

U.S. officials: Fugitive in Victoria Co. vehicular homicide caught in Austin

  From the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force:   AUSTIN, Texas – Hector Garcia, 49, of Austin was arrested yesterday evening by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force without incident in the 1400 block of Meander in Austin.  Garcia was sought by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to an arrest warrant issued from the Victoria County District Court charging Garcia with Bail...
Austin police: Woman charged with DWI had unrestrained infant in vehicle

Austin police: Woman charged with DWI had unrestrained infant in vehicle

Police say a woman charged with driving while intoxicated had an unrestrained 4-month-old infant in the back seat when she was pulled over by authorities in Northeast Austin on Tuesday. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Lakeshia Bryson, 33, was pulled over at Johnny Morris Road and FM 969 just before 10 p.m. after her mother called police to report that she was doing drugs in her vehicle....
Man with long assault record gets nine years for punching blind man

Man with long assault record gets nine years for punching blind man

A man with an extensive record of assault convictions was sentenced to nine years in prison for punching a blind man in downtown Austin in 2015. A Travis County jury on Wednesday found Jonathan Price, 43, guilty of injury to a disabled person, a third degree felony. His punishment range increased to a second degree felony because of a prior conviction for robbery. According to the arrest affidavit...
Inmate dies in Del Valle jail

Inmate dies in Del Valle jail

TRAVIS COUNTY Inmate dies in Del Valle jail An inmate at the Travis County correctional facility in Del Valle who was accused of stabbing his wife died of a stroke on Saturday at University Medical Center Brackenridge. According to the Travis County sheriff’s office, Pablo Machin Conde, 81, collapsed at the jail around 9:30 a.m. Conde was taken to the hospital, where he was admitted to the intensive...
Good Samaritans rescue woman from attempted rape, police say

Good Samaritans rescue woman from attempted rape, police say

A man on Monday tried to drag a woman into a wooded area in the middle of the day in East Austin and rape her before several good Samaritans pulled him away and held him down until the police came, Austin police said. Javier Cervantes, 35, was jailed Monday on a charge of aggravated kidnapping. According to police, he approached the woman as she walked down Airport Boulevard near 12th Street, asking...
Deputies seize over 100 lbs. of synthetic drugs in Fayette County traffic stop

Deputies seize over 100 lbs. of synthetic drugs in Fayette County traffic stop

Fayette County deputies seized more than 100 pounds of synthetic drugs Monday during a traffic stop on Interstate 10, officials have said.  A deputy stopped about 8:37 a.m. an Audi SUV on the highway at the 663 mile marker for a traffic violation, officials said. The deputy saw several garbage bags in the vehicle’s passenger compartment and the driver became nervous when asked about them...

Austin man gets 25 years in prison for his ninth DWI conviction

An Austin man whose blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he was arrested in 2015 was found guilty of his ninth DWI on Wednesday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Adrian Facundo-Hernandez, 55, agreed to the minimum sentence in exchange for waiving his right to appeal. He was offered a post-conviction plea by prosecutors when his attorney, Travis Ketner, requested...
Round Rock police looking for armed 7-Eleven customer

Round Rock police looking for armed 7-Eleven customer

Round Rock police are asking the public to help them identify a man they say brandished a handgun at a 7-Eleven on Jan. 3. Shortly after 2 a.m., officers responded to the convenience store at 1118 E. Palm Valley Blvd. to a call about a disturbance involving a man with a firearm.  Police said the officers found out that a store employee and a customer had gotten into an argument. Before the customer...
Police: Man tried to rape woman in wooded area, said ‘devil’ told him to do it

Police: Man tried to rape woman in wooded area, said ‘devil’ told him to do it

A man accused of trying to drag a woman into a wooded area in East Austin and rape her on Monday has been charged with aggravated kidnapping. According to an arrest warrant affidavit filed Tuesday, the man, identified in the report as 35-year-old Javier Cervantes, approached a woman from behind as she walked on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of Airport Blvd. and asked for her phone number. The affidavit...

Austin man gets 25 years in prison for ninth DWI conviction

An Austin man whose blood-alcohol level came back more than three times the legal limit was found guilty of his ninth DWI on Wednesday and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Adrian Facundo-Hernandez, 55, agreed to the minimum sentence from his 2015 arrest in exchange for waiving his right to appeal. He was offered a post-conviction plea by prosecutors when his attorney, Travis Ketner, requested...
Audio: Radio traffic captures moments before teen’s fatal shooting in police car

Audio: Radio traffic captures moments before teen’s fatal shooting in police car

Radio traffic captured during an incident on Sunday afternoon in which 19-year-old Zachary Anam shot himself in the head in the back of an Austin police patrol vehicle outlines the moments just before he pulled the trigger and the ensuing effort to save his life near the corner of Fifth and Lavaca streets. Officers can be heard trying to clear traffic from the roadway “in case of crossfire&rdquo...
Texas AG Ken Paxton says investigation of adult site Backpage isn’t over

Texas AG Ken Paxton says investigation of adult site Backpage isn’t over

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said his office is pushing forward in its investigation of an adult web site whose executives refused to testify before Congress this week about allegations of human trafficking. Paxton’s strongly-worded admonishment of the Dallas-based adult site Backpage.com comes one day after its executives invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination...

Fayette County authorities seize $1.2 million in cocaine

FAYETTE COUNTY Authorities seize $1.2 million in cocaine Fayette County authorities say its Narcotics Canine Unit helped seize several bundles of cocaine worth about $1.2 million at a traffic stop on Interstate 10 just west of Flatonia on Monday. According to a statement from the office of Sheriff Keith Korenek, Sgt. Randy Thumann and his K9 partner, Lobos, stopped a Chevy Tahoe for a traffic violation...
Fayette County authorities seize $1.2 million in cocaine

Fayette County authorities seize $1.2 million in cocaine

Fayette County authorities say its Narcotics Canine Unit helped seize several bundles of cocaine worth about $1.2 million at a traffic stop this week. According to a statement from the office of Sheriff Keith Korenek, Sgt. Randy Thumann and his K9 partner, Lobos, stopped a Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 10 just west of Flatonia for a traffic violation around 11:50 a.m. Monday. Thumann spoke with...

Texas Digest: 85-year-old man helps save two women in burning car

BURLESON Man, 85, helps pull 2 from burning car Authorities credit an 85-year-old Texas man who walks with the aid of a cane for helping save the lives of two women whose speeding car flipped over onto his front yard and burst into flames. Texas Department of Public Safety officials say the 22-year-old driver probably was driving too fast as she rounded a bend early Sunday and lost control of the...
Teen who shot self in police car dies; officer’s pat-down scrutinized

Teen who shot self in police car dies; officer’s pat-down scrutinized

A teenager who authorities say fatally shot himself while in police custody in downtown Austin on Sunday afternoon was not properly searched before he was taken into custody, according to multiple police sources familiar with the investigation. A spokesman for the teen’s family on Monday confirmed his identity as Zachary Khabir Anam, 19. Members of Anam’s family declined to comment...
APD: Officer fired after breaking into home of ex-girlfriend, fellow cop

APD: Officer fired after breaking into home of ex-girlfriend, fellow cop

A police officer has been fired after the Austin Police Department says he broke into the home of a fellow officer who had ended a romantic relationship with him. Interim Police Chief Brian Manley indefinitely suspended Officer Michael Stone on Friday after an internal affairs investigation found Stone had lied repeatedly during an investigation into a summer incident in which he forced open...
Vince Young misses court appearance on DWI charge; attorney says he’s sick

Vince Young misses court appearance on DWI charge; attorney says he’s sick

University of Texas football legend Vince Young missed a court appearance Monday on a DWI charge because he is sick, his attorney said. His next appearance is scheduled for Feb. 1, which will be more than one year since Young was pulled over on the North Interstate 35 service road before midnight on Jan. 24, 2016. Police say Young was driving erratically and also struggled to complete a field sobriety...
Man who shot self in Austin police car dies, family spokesman says

Man who shot self in Austin police car dies, family spokesman says

1:55 p.m. update: A man who police say shot himself while in Austin police custody in downtown Austin on Sunday afternoon has died, a family spokesman confirmed Monday. The man, identified by family a friend as Zachary Anam, 19, had been taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge with critical injuries after the shooting. Multiple police sources confirmed earlier on Monday that an Austin...
Man shot himself in the head while in custody Sunday, police say

Man shot himself in the head while in custody Sunday, police say

A man in police custody shot himself in the head while in the back of a patrol car Sunday, according to officials with the Austin Police Department, and he was in critical condition Sunday night. The shooting occurred outside a crowded bar at Fifth and Lavaca streets downtown just after lunch, as officers were taking the man to police headquarters. He had been arrested about an hour before at Barton...
Police chief: Man shot himself while in the back of a patrol car

Police chief: Man shot himself while in the back of a patrol car

3:55 p.m. update: The person who was critically injured in the downtown Austin area Sunday was a man who had been arrested by Austin police and shot himself in the head while in the back of a patrol car, Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said during a media briefing. Austin police had arrested the man at Barton Creek Square Mall. The man is in his late teens or early 20s and was suspected of shoplifting...
Celebratory gunfire wounds Austin woman, is elusive target for police

Celebratory gunfire wounds Austin woman, is elusive target for police

Victoria Rocha had never visited downtown Austin to celebrate a major holiday before she and her fiancé arrived just before the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. After being hit by a stray bullet, she’s happy to have survived the adventure. Rocha was hit by celebratory gunfire, a topic gaining attention after a state lawmaker was hit in the head by a reveler’s bullet...
Arrest warrant issued for mother of missing Cedar Park boy

Arrest warrant issued for mother of missing Cedar Park boy

CEDAR PARK Arrest warrant issued for mother of missing boy A father is seeking help to find his son, who went missing back in September, he said. Alexander Rodriguez, 24, last saw 5-year-old Alan Rodriguez on Sept. 2 when Alan left their Cedar Park home to spend time with his mother, he said. Rodriguez believes that Alan is still with his mother, 24-year-old Anais Lechuga. Last week, police issued...
Sheriff: Woman killed daughter, 5, in one of Hays County’s ‘worst’ cases

Sheriff: Woman killed daughter, 5, in one of Hays County’s ‘worst’ cases

Authorities have filed capital murder charges against a woman they say stabbed and mutilated her 5-year-old daughter Thursday at a Kyle home in what Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler called “one of the most horrific cases in the history of Hays County.” Krystle Concepcion Villanueva, 24, was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after Hays County deputies said she attacked...
Round Rock police seeking help in solving Walmart hit-and-run

Round Rock police seeking help in solving Walmart hit-and-run

ROUND ROCK Police seeking help in solving hit-and-run Round Rock police are looking for information on a hit-and-run incident that left a Hutto woman seriously injured days before Christmas. Police released photos from security camera footage recorded on Dec. 17 just before 8 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter in Round Rock. The pictures show what appears to be a light-colored, four-door sedan. Jaymie...
Man accused of robbery involving drive-by shooting in Austin

Man accused of robbery involving drive-by shooting in Austin

A man is accused of a robbery that included a drive-by shooting in Austin, according to an arrest affidavit. John Tomas Brown was arrested Wednesday in connection with the incident, which happened more than a year ago, the affidavit said. No one was injured, the document said. Brown, 21, of Round Rock, was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison...
Austin cop suspended after arresting man who insulted him

Austin cop suspended after arresting man who insulted him

An Austin police officer who arrested a man that insulted him has been suspended for 20 days with no pay after Interim Police Chief Brian Manley determined that he violated department policies. A disciplinary memo states that the officer, Richard Spitler, violated policies on officers holding their tempers “even in the face of extreme provocation.” Spitler’s suspension stems...
Man accused of robbing 2 people in Yellow Rose strip club parking lot

Man accused of robbing 2 people in Yellow Rose strip club parking lot

Austin police have accused a man of robbing two people in the parking lot of the Yellow Rose strip club last month. Officers arrested Miguel Gonzales, 20, on Thursday without incident, a statement from Austin police said. Gonzales is accused of robbing two people in the Yellow Rose’s parking lot on Dec. 10 before leaving in a sedan. Gonzales was booked into the Travis County Jail on...
Cases handled differently when off-duty officers shoot someone

Cases handled differently when off-duty officers shoot someone

Robert Malone, a volunteer reserve deputy with the Potter County sheriff’s office, awoke early one morning to discover a pair of burglars breaking into the shed housing his generator, a four-wheeler and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. His wife dialed 911 while Malone dressed, grabbed his department-issued Springfield Armory XD pistol and headed outside his Amarillo home. He told the burglars...
Kyle mom charged with capital murder in death of 5-year-old daughter

Kyle mom charged with capital murder in death of 5-year-old daughter

3:05 p.m. update: The suspect in the stabbing and partial mutilation of her 5-year-old daughter has been identified as, Krystle Concepcion Villanueva, 24. Hays County Jail records showed Villanueva was in custody at the jail on charges of capital murder of a person under 10 and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her bail is set at $1.1 million. The girl killed was identified as Giovanna...
Police seek help finding Yellow Rose strip club robbery suspect

Police seek help finding Yellow Rose strip club robbery suspect

NORTH AUSTIN Police seek strip club robbery suspect Austin police are searching for a man who robbed two people in the parking lot of a strip club in North Austin in December. According to the police, officers were called to The Yellow Rose at 6528 N. Lamar Blvd. around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 10 after receiving reports of a robbery. Police said a man in his 20s with a thin mustache approached two people...
Austin police nab suspect in last homicide of 2016

Austin police nab suspect in last homicide of 2016

When the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested Mosses Augustine Howell on Tuesday, they apprehended a suspect in what appears to be Austin’s final homicide of 2016, a year the city saw the largest number of homicides in nearly 20 years. While the jump is part of an overall yearly increase in violent crime, interim Police Chief Brian Manley said the individual statistic doesn’t point to...
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