St. Edward’s campus placed on lockdown Tuesday for police search


Campus placed on lockdown for search

St. Edward’s University police placed the campus on lockdown Tuesday evening while Austin police searched for two people following a robbery at the parking lot of a nearby Wal-Mart.

Police said they received on Tuesday a report of a robbery, possibly at gunpoint, in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart at Ben White Boulevard and Interstate 35.

Police began searching the St. Edward’s campus around 5:20 p.m. University officials urged people to seek a secure location or avoid the university area while they searched for a possibly armed intruder in campus.

Authorities called off the search about an hour later.

“We were unable to apprehend them,” Austin police Lt. Mike Summers said. “We have high hopes that investigative leads will lead to the suspects and an arrest in the very near future.”

Extra campus police were stationed throughout campus after the search, university officials said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Police: Robbers attacked man mowing lawn

Kyle police say a man was mowing his front lawn Wednesday morning when he was attacked and robbed by two men brandishing handguns and a crowbar.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the men, Kyle police said in a statement.

According to Chief Jeff Barnett, the man told police he was in his yard in the 100 block of Musgrav in Kyle around 10:05 a.m. when two men approached him. One wore a black hoodie and a black mask, while the other wore a red hoodie but no mask.

The victim described the robber in black as about 6 feet tall and weighing about 250 pounds. The other man in red was described by the victim as also about 6 feet tall and having a mole on his face near his nose.

Barnett said the robbers fled the scene in a red four-door Mitsubishi SUV.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Kyle Police Department at 512-268-3232.

— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman


Man accused of raping woman in woods

A 63-year-old registered sex offender with a decades-long rap sheet is in jail, now accused of raping a woman in the woods in North Austin.

According to court papers filed Wednesday, a man who called himself “Jonathan” forced a woman to have sex with him in his tent on the Walnut Creek greenbelt after inviting her for beers and to look at some of his art.

During the attack, the woman tried to text her friends for help but the man took her phone away, police said in an arrest affidavit.

Once her attacker fell asleep, she snagged her phone back and tried to sneak out of the tent, the affidavit said.

But the man woke up and grabbed her leg as she made it halfway outside of the tent. The woman managed to break free and run. She found shelter at SafePlace and reported the rape, the affidavit said.

— Nolan Hicks, American-Statesman


Police: School evacuated after bomb threat

Police evacuated Fredericksburg High School after receiving reports of a bomb threat on Tuesday morning.

Fredericksburg police said authorities were sent out to the school at 10:41 a.m. after a student called in to report a text message from an unknown suspect who said a device was inside the school.

Both students and faculty exited the buildings and a nearby primary school was locked down while police and firefighters searched the campus.

“At this time, no devices have been located,” police said.

Officers from the San Antonio Police Department were called to bring in explosive-detecting dogs.

Fredericksburg police had not identified a suspect or suspects in the case as pf Tuesday evening.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Student brought gun to school, principal says

A McCallum High School student brought a gun to school Wednesday, the principal said in an email to parents.

The gun was not loaded, and no one was injured or threatened, Principal Mike Garrison wrote. The student was arrested and charged with having a weapon at a place where weapons are prohibited. The student was not named in the email.

“At no time were our students or staff in any danger,” Garrison wrote.

Garrison wrote that a student reported to administrators that a classmate had brought a handgun to school. Administrators notified Austin school district police, who found the student and confiscated the weapon, he said.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman


Drugs, cash found in assault suspect’s home

Williamson County authorities said Wednesday they seized drugs and cash earlier this week from a home in Taylor after arresting a man on assault charges.

SWAT units with the Williamson County sheriff’s office searched a home in the 2900 block of Monika Lane Way around 9 a.m. on Monday, authorities said in a statement.

According to the sheriff’s office, investigators said they found 11.4 ounces of marijuana, 77 units of ecstasy, 10 grams of cocaine and 167 units of Xanax, among other drugs. They also found $1,740 in cash and two guns, one of which was stolen, they said.

Before the home was searched, authorities followed the resident, 21-year-old Joseph Anthony Garcia, to his workplace in Hutto, where he was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Service for an outstanding probation warrant for Williamson County, officials said.

Williamson County Jail records show Garcia has been booked on aggravated assault and family violence charges as well as multiple drug charges. His combined bail for all the charges has been set at $855,000.

— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman


AISD: No proof of assault at elementary

The Austin school district sent a letter home to Boone Elementary School parents Tuesday afternoon informing them of the Travis County District Attorney’s office conclusion that there is “insufficient evidence to support the allegation of sexual assault” of a 4-year-old student.

On Friday, the American-Statesman reported that Travis County prosecutors completed their investigation into the alleged sexual assault. An official familiar with the case said the girl’s injuries were likely the result of a playground accident, and not a sex crime.

The letter to parents said the teacher, who had been put on administrative leave until the investigation was complete, will return to her classroom on Monday.

The district will hold a meeting for families at the school at 6 p.m. Thursday.

— Melissa Taboada, American-Statesman

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