BLOTTER: Downtown fight with security guard ends with man shot


Fight with security guard ends with man shot

Three people were hospitalized Friday morning after a struggle between a security guard and a diner at Caritas of Austin’s community kitchen ended in gunfire.

Austin-Travis County EMS medics and police were called to the 600 block of Neches Street around 12:34 p.m. and found a man in his 30s with a gunshot wound that was not considered life-threatening, according to EMS officials. The others who were hospitalized were not shot, medics said.

Amy Jackson, director of development for Caritas of Austin, said the security guard’s weapon inadvertently went off during the struggle. It was unclear who was shot during the incident.

Austin police said they took one person into custody.

Jackson said the kitchen will be closed on Monday and Tuesday as a result of the shooting.

“We’re going to review security issues and let the police do their work,” she said.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Beware of ‘Burt Reynolds’ phone bandit, officials say

Some Austin utility customers have reported receiving a fraudulent phone call from someone claiming to be named Burt Reynolds with the city’s utilities department or with Austin Energy.

The scammer is telling people they have a past due amount ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $1,000. The callers demand payment by cash or gift card and say they will call back for payment.

City officials said they’re not aware of any customers who have fallen for the scam.

If you get a phone call in which someone threatens to interrupt your service, demands immediate payment or requests credit card or bank information, hang up and immediately dial 311 or 512-974-2000 to report the incident.

The City of Austin Utilities Customer Contact Center does not call customers with cut-off deadlines. The office will never ask for credit card or wire transfer information over the phone.

Anyone who has received such a call and is uncertain of his or her account status can call the City of Austin Utilities Customer Contact Center at 512-494-9400.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

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Sex assault suspect sought in Texas arrested in Canada

A joint federal-local law enforcement task force and Canadian authorities collaborated in arresting and extraditing a fugitive wanted on a sexual assault charge in Pflugerville.

Olanrewaju Sodiq Fadairo, a 28-year-old Nigerian citizen, was arrested in Montreal and extradited to Texas on Thursday afternoon, according to a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes members of Central Texas law enforcement, received information in August that Fadairo had traveled into Canada, the statement said. Canadian officials tracked Fadairo and caught him in Quebec province on Oct. 22.

Fadairo’s arrest and extradition occurred nearly a year after a warrant was issued on charge of sexual assault in connection with an Oct. 16, 2017, incident in a Pflugerville apartment, court documents said.

If found guilty, Fadairo could receive as many as 20 years in prison.

Fadairo was in the Travis County Jail on Friday with bail set at $75,000.

— Mike Parker, American-Statesman


Authorities ID Austin man killed Wednesday in crash

Authorities identified a man killed Wednesday in a three-vehicle collision in Bastrop County as 23-year-old Ahmed Zaidan Khazaal of Austin.

Khazaal was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which happened Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 290 just west of McDade, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.

DPS said a Corpus Christi man, Jeremy Arlen Bayarena, was headed west on the highway in a Dodge Ram towing a flatbed trailer and driving at an unsafe speed on the wet road when he lost control of the vehicle and veered into the eastbound lane.

Officials said he struck a Lexus that was being driven by Khazaal and that another vehicle in the eastbound lane struck the flatbed trailer.

Bayarena and the driver of the third vehicle involved were hospitalized and were in stable condition, DPS said.

— Andy Sevilla, American-Statesman

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