Mom, teen killed in wrong-way crash in Northwest Austin ID’d


Mom, teen killed in wrong-way crash identified

Austin police have identified the two people killed in a wrong-way collision on U.S. 183 in Northwest Austin on Saturday as 38-year-old Nancy Latulippe and her 14-year-old son, Jackson.

According to a preliminary police investigation, 41-year-old Guy Brasted was in a black Jeep Wrangler heading north in the 9400 block of Research Boulevard when he left the roadway and collided head-on into a white Fiat 500 that was traveling south.

A third vehicle was also damaged after the two vehicles collided.

Police responded to the crash around 3:30 p.m. Saturday and found Brasted had been ejected from his vehicle.

Nancy Latulippe, who was driving the Fiat, and her son were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Two other passengers in the Fiat – a 41-year-old man with critical injuries and a 10-year-old girl with injuries not considered life-threatening – were taken to area hospitals.

The driver from the third vehicle was not hospitalized, police said.

Police said they determined from blood draws that Brasted gave while hospitalized for minor injuries showed his blood alcohol content was 0.203, or more than twice the legal limit of 0.08, an arrest affidavit said.

Brasted was in Travis County Jail on Tuesday on two charges of intoxication manslaughter and a charge of intoxication assault with bail set at a combined amount of $200,000 for the three charges.

Austin police said the investigation into the incident is ongoing and that anyone with information about the wreck can call vehicular homicide detectives at 512-974-4424.

Police said 60 people have been killed so far this year on Austin roads. At this time in 2016, the city had 63 traffic deaths.

— American-Statesman Staff


Police looking for man who robbed Chase Bank

Austin police are asking the public to help them identify a person who they say robbed a Chase Bank in South Austin on Monday.

Around 3:10 p.m., the robber entered the bank, located in the 100 block of Slaughter Lane, and gave a teller a note demanding money, police said. He then fled north on Cullen Lane with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said.

Police described the suspect as a man between 30 and 40 years old, between 5-feet-10 and 6 feet tall, weighing about 190 pounds with a muscular build and wearing a goatee, police said. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded shirt, a white cap, gray and black sweatpants, dark sunglasses, a black backpack and gray-and-black tennis shoes.

Anyone with information about the suspect can call Austin police’s robbery tip line at 512-974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 or the Crime Stoppers App. Tips can also be submitted using Austin police’s mobile app, Austin PD, which is a free download on iPhone and Android devices.

— American-Statesman Staff


FBI: Austin saw uptick in hate crimes in 2016

New hate crime statistics from the FBI show the number of hate crimes in Austin increased in 2016.

The FBI last year tallied 19 hate crimes, which are defined as criminal incidents motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender or gender identity.

In 2015, Austin police recorded 13 hate crimes, statistics show.

Among the 19 incidents in 2016, 10 were motivated by race ethnicity or ancestry, six were based on sexual orientation, two were based on religion and one was based on gender identity.

Law enforcement agencies across Texas reported a total of 178 hate crimes last year, 13 fewer than the 191 reported in 2015, but still higher than the 145 and 132 reported in 2014 and 2013 respectively.

The nationwide tally of hate crimes reached 6,121 in 2016.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman


Police: Former patient stole from hospital

Austin police on Tuesday filed an arrest warrant for a former Dell Children’s Medical Center patient suspected of stealing more than $30,000 from the hospital in September.

Anthony Clayton Kavanaugh, 28, faces a third-degree felony theft charge, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Tuesday.

The document said employees of the hospital called police on Sept. 25 to report that $31,436.38 in cash and checks had been stolen from the cashier’s office a few days earlier.

Hospital security officers provided surveillance footage of the theft to police that showed a man walking around the hospital on Sept. 23, then entering the locked cashier’s office around 10 p.m.

When the man came out of the office, he appeared to be concealing unknown items in a bath towel he carried into the building, the affidavit said.

A security guard told investigators that he recognized the man in the video and identified him as a former patient. A police officer said in the affidavit that he also recognized a previous jail booking photo of Kavanaugh as the same man in the video.

Kavanaugh was not listed as in custody at the Travis County Jail on Tuesday morning.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

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