Girl, 4, found safe after Amber alert, father in custody
A 4-year-old girl was found safe and her father was arrested Thursday after authorities say he took his daughter against a court order the day before, Travis County sheriff’s official said.
Authorities issued Wednesday an Amber alert for Katelyn Ramirez, who was last seen earlier this week in Pflugerville, sheriff’s officials said. Her father, 40-year-old Eric John Ramirez of Liberty Hill, took her, officials said.
Eric Ramirez had several outstanding warrants, officials said.
— Katie Hall, American-Statesman
Police ID officers who shot man on Sunday
Two Austin police officers who opened fire on a man suspected in a series of robberies have been identified as officer James Eichenholz and Sgt. Gregory White.
The officers shot and wounded Glenn Austin Miles, 51, in the 8300 block of Interstate 35 North on Sunday after he drew a gun from his waistband, police said.
Court documents filed earlier this week said Miles was suspected in several robberies and carjackings in the days leading up to the shooting.
Eichenholz has served with Austin police for six years, while White has been with the department for 21 years.
Both are currently assigned to Austin police’s Violent Crimes Task Force, but remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of concurrent criminal and internal investigations.
— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman
Police accuse man of stealing refrigerator to sell it
Austin police have accused a 20-year-old man of stealing a refrigerator from a Cedar Park apartment complex and trying to sell it.
Christian Campbell has been charged with a state jail felony for a non-residence burglary, an arrest affidavit said. Online records show Campbell was not in the Travis County Jail on Thursday.
A maintenance worker at the Altis Lakeline Apartments in January told police he saw a man, later identified by police as Campbell, removing a refrigerator from an apartment along with a few other people, according to the affidavit. Campbell ran off when the worker photographed him, the affidavit said.
Among the other people with Campbell was a woman who told police she was helping him remove and load the fridge onto her truck because she had agreed to buy it from him through a mobile classified listing app. Campbell fled with her money, the woman told police.
During their investigation, police linked Campbell to other similar offenses, including crimes in Williamson County, according to the affidavit. Using the worker’s photograph and fingerprint evidence, police confirmed Campbell’s identity as the suspect, the affidavit said.
— Maria Mendez, American-Statesman
Woman accused of letting toddler wander alone
A police officer who saw a 2-year-old boy wearing a diaper and shirt walking alone on a Cedar Park street in the early morning led to a mother being accused of child endangerment, according to an arrest affidavit.
Nicole Dawson, 29, of Cedar Park, was charged with endangering a child, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years behind bars.
A University of Texas Police Department corporal who was driving by saw the child walking in the road at 300 W. Whitestone Blvd. and notified Cedar Park police about 4:55 a.m. Aug. 1, the affidavit said.
At 7:23 p.m., Dawson called police to report that her son was missing, according to the document.
She said she and her son had been staying with a friend while she was trying to find a place to live, police said. Dawson said she and her son had fallen asleep together the night before and when she woke up in the morning he was gone, the affidavit said.
It said she told police her son had learned how to open doors. She said that the door was locked when they went to sleep. It was still locked when she woke up, so she said she didn’t know how her son got out, according to the affidavit.
The owner of the home where she was staying said a friend had seen Dawson’s 2-year-old son wandering around in Walmart by himself on July 27 and brought him back to the house, police said.
Video surveillance from the Walmart in Cedar Park showed the toddler entering the store by himself about 2:36 a.m. July 27, running around the parking lot and then through the garden area, the affidavit said.
Dawson was being held Thursday in the Williamson County Jail with bail set at $10,000.
— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman