Austin woman, Taylor woman killed in rollover in Cedar Park


Women killed in rollover crash

Two women died in a rollover crash early Friday in Cedar Park, police said.

Connie Brown, 48, of Austin, and Sara Johnson, 30, of Taylor, died after the crash at FM 1431 and New Hope Drive, according to police. When officers received a call about the rollover at 1 a.m. Friday, they arrived to find a Lincoln Navigator that had flipped over.

Brown and Johnson, who were both wearing seat belts, were ejected from the car, police said. They said Brown was the driver.

Police said they don’t know if alcohol was a factor in the crash. Other details were not available Friday.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman


Officials: Teens accused in shooting tied to robbery

Four teenagers who were arrested for orchestrating an attempted robbery in January, which ended with one man being shot in the face, are now facing additional charges after Travis County sheriff’s investigators tied them to another robbery and shooting.

Jesus Corrales, 17; David Dewey-Haagensen, 17; Samuel Steinfield, 17; and a 16-year-old unnamed West Lake High student were charged with aggravated robbery after authorities said the group broke into a home in the 1700 block of Lancer Lane on Jan. 27 and shot a man with a shotgun.

An affidavit filed in Travis County District Court said the group had gone to the victim’s home armed with weapons with the intention of robbing him. They shot him multiple times, causing serious injuries, officials have said.

Police have said one of the suspects knows the victim.

While investigating the incident, Travis County deputies were able to tie all four men to a second robbery and shooting that happened earlier that same day.

Authorities said the men broke into a home in the 2800 block of Saratoga Drive at around 4:30 p.m. and fired at a victim, who was grazed in the shoulder by a bullet.

The sheriff’s office said evidence shows the men discussed and planned the robberies days in advance, communicating on apps on their cell phones.

Warrants have been issued for all four for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony punishable up to life in prison.

On Friday, only Corrales was in custody. He is being held at the Travis County Jail on two counts of aggravated robbery and one count of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, with bail set at $175,000, records show.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


Man injured in third stabbing this week

A man was stabbed and seriously injured Thursday night in North Austin, marking the third stabbing in Travis County this week.

Austin police said they responded at around 10:30 p.m. to the stabbing in the 1600 block of East Anderson Lane. Austin-Travis County EMS said they took a man described as in his 50s to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical and potentially life-threatening injuries.

Police said they arrested 56-year-old Mark Collier for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Collier is being held at the Travis County Jail. His bail has not been set, records show.

Early Wednesday at around 12:55 a.m., a man was stabbed and seriously injured near the Interstate 35 frontage road at Slaughter Lane in South Austin. Police said on Thursday that no one in connection with the incident was in custody yet.

Then on Wednesday evening at around 11:15 p.m., a man was fatally stabbed in eastern Travis County. The Travis County sheriff’s office identified the victim as 25-year-old Jorge Louis Flores. Adan Torres, 31, was charged with murder and was apprehended by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in North Texas on Thursday night.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


EMS: Man injured in Manchaca Road crash

A man described as in his 60s was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with critical injuries after a crash in South Austin on Friday afternoon, Austin-Travis County EMS said.

Medics said they responded at 2:30 p.m. to Manchaca Road and William Cannon Drive, where all southbound lanes of Manchaca were closed while authorities respond to the incident.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman


Police: Man arrested for shooting at officers

Austin police arrested Friday morning a 22-year-old man accused of shooting in the direction of police officers and pedestrians in East Austin last month.

Courtney Organ is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer. He is in custody at Travis County Jail with bail set to $25,000.

Four officers were conducting a traffic stop investigation when they heard gunfire near a Shell gas station on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Chicon Street, according to an arrest affidavit.

One officer saw two people running from the gas station’s parking lot and ordered them to stop and raise their hands. At that point, the officer heard a large volley of gunfire aimed in his direction and dropped to the ground, the affidavit says.

The officers said they believe Organ was shooting at one of the two men who were running from the parking lot, and that he was aware that officers were in the line of fire. Other people were also in the parking lot, the affidavit says.

Investigators connected Organ to the crime using surveillance footage and the license plate on his car, which he tried to use to flee, but it stalled out, the affidavit says.

— London Gibson, American-Statesman


Police ID pedestrian killed while crossing I-35

Austin police have identified a man who was struck and killed by a car while trying to cross Interstate 35 on foot early Wednesday.

A Nissan Altima was traveling north around the 8900 block of South I-35, near Slaughter Lane in South Austin, when it struck 33-year-old Afshin Andrew Sustaita, according to authorities’ preliminary investigation.

Sustaita was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.

Austin police have said the driver of the Altima remained at the scene and was not expected to face charges.

The incident is still under investigation and Austin police are asking anyone with information on the case to call their vehicular homicide unit at 512-974-8544, or submit a tip through their mobile app, Austin PD, available on iPhone and Android.

Sustaita’s death is the 18th traffic fatality this year. Twenty-three people had died in traffic incidents at this point last year, police said.

— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman

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