UPDATE: Travis County identifies suspect in Dessau Road standoff


5:45 p.m. update: A SWAT standoff in eastern Travis County began on the Interstate 35 frontage road near Wells Branch Parkway, when deputies chased a man -- first in his vehicle and later on foot when he fled the vehicle -- who they believed robbed someone.

The aggravated robbery happened at 14824 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, sheriff’s officials said.

This suspect, 28-year-old Alfonso 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. 

Chapa may be a suspect in as many as three robberies over the last several days in Austin and Travis County, Travis County sheriff’s officials said. If you know where he is, call 911, officials said.

7:55 a.m. update: A SWAT standoff in eastern Travis County ended on Thursday morning around 7:30 a.m.

Travis County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kristen Dark confirmed that officers were clearing the area, but did not have any additional details on what led up to the situation, or how it was resolved.

A Texas Department of Public Safety SWAT team received reports of a barricaded person at a business park in the 9700 block of Dessau Road around 2 a.m., and spent several hours at the scene.

Initial report: A Texas Department of Public Safety SWAT team has been called out a business park in eastern Travis County, according to the Travis County sheriff’s office.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Kristen Dark said authorities received reports of a barricaded person at 9701 Dessau Road, near East Rundberg Lane, around 2 a.m.

Officers were still actively working the situation at 6:30 a.m.

It is unclear how long police will be in the area.

More information will be added to this story as the situation unfolds.


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