BLOTTER: Man escapes Austin hospital after arrest, deputies say


TRAVIS COUNTY

Deputies: Man escapes hospital after arrest

A man escaped from an Austin hospital hours after Travis County sheriff’s officials arrested him Tuesday, officials said.

Deputies pulled the man over Tuesday and arrested him on a charge of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark said. He had a medical issue that Dark declined to detail, and medics took him to St. David’s North Austin Medical Center to be treated.

Dark does not believe the man was involved in a car crash.

After being treated, deputies were preparing to take him to jail, but he managed to run away from them, Dark said. The escape was reported around 3:45 p.m.

Deputies searched for the man on the ground and with a helicopter but called off the search Tuesday evening. Officials said they would issue an arrest warrant for him.

“We don’t have any reason to believe the public is in any danger,” Dark said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

SOUTHEAST AUSTIN

3 seriously injured in crash

Three people were hospitalized Tuesday night after a two-vehicle crash in Southeast Austin, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Medics responded at 8:53 p.m. to Burleson Road and Burleson Court, EMS officials said.

Two men and a woman were taken to hospitals with potentially serious injuries, EMS officials said. Their injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, officials said.

A man, estimated to be in his 30s, was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, and a woman and man, both estimated to be in their 40s, were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, EMS officials said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

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LEANDER

Affidavit: Man charged with home arson was mad at renters

A man set fire to a house in Leander last week because he was mad at the people who were renting it, according to an arrest affidavit.

Gary Dill, 59, was charged with arson.

A witness saw Dill use a tiki torch on July 4 to set fire to a wooden wicker basket on the porch of the house at the 800 block of County Road 270, the affidavit says. The fire spread from the porch to the house and caused the house to be unlivable, according to the affidavit.

The document says a nearby security camera confirmed what the witness saw.

Five people were inside the house — including three who were renting it from Dill — when Dill set it on fire, the affidavit says.

It says an investigator listened to a conversation one of the people inside the home had recorded with Dill after he set the fire.

During the conversation Dill said he started the fire because “those people were not paying,” according to the affidavit.

The person who was recording the conversation told Dill he could have handled the issue in a different way by calling the police, the affidavit says.

Dill then said “I was never going to do that, I don’t call the cops.”

Dill was in Williamson County Jail Tuesday with bail set at $100,000.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

ROUND ROCK

Police: Fake buyer attacks man selling watch

A man trying to sell an Apple watch online was robbed and beaten with a gun in Round Rock when he met a person who had said he wanted to buy the item, an arrest affidavit says.

The victim was taken to a hospital because of injuries to his face, head and back, the affidavit says.

Isaiah Moore, 30, of Manor, was charged with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

Police were alerted at 4:41 p.m. Friday about the incident in the parking lot of the Montelena Apartments at 2501 Louis Henna Blvd., the affidavit says.

It says the victim told police he was trying to sell the watch for $320 on the “Offerup” phone app and met Moore in the parking lot to show the watch to him.

Moore wanted to “pair” his cellphone with the watch but the victim wouldn’t let him do it until Moore paid for the watch, the affidavit says.

Moore — who was sitting inside a PT Cruiser with the driver’s door open — then grabbed the victim, pulled him inside the car and pointed a gun at him, police says.

The victim said he fought back and Moore punched him in the face twice and pulled the trigger of the gun but the gun didn’t discharge, the affidavit says.

During the fight both Moore and the victim fell onto the ground and Moore hit him in the back of the head twice with the gun, the affidavit says.

Police later found the victim’s watch on the floorboard of Moore’s car, a bloody Glock 40-caliber pistol behind a bush by the apartment office and an empty watch box near the weapon. A witness told officers he saw Moore wrestling near a car and then saw Moore walking toward the apartment office with “what appeared to be a gun,” the affidavit says.

It says Moore initially told police the victim attacked him when he was trying to buy the watch. Moore also said no gun was involved, according to the affidavit.

He later said he threw away the pistol and the watch box because he “was scared,” the affidavit says. It says Moore also told police that the blood on the pistol was his and that he was trying to buy the watch for $350. When officers asked where his money was to buy the watch he said he didn’t have any money, police says.

Moore was in the Williamson County Jail Tuesday with bail set at $200,000.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



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