Parking attendant accused of raping teen in COTA lot
A parking attendant is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old in May as she was leaving a concert at Circuit of the Americas in southeast Travis County, court documents say.
An arrest affidavit filed against 37-year-old Paul Tincher alleges that he approached the woman in the parking lot to help her look for her car and then raped her.
Tincher came into the police station voluntarily for an interview, the affidavit said. He told police he had “gotten carried away” and then apologized, the document said.
Tincher was not in the Travis County Jail on Friday, records showed.
An attorney for COTA said Tincher was not one of its employees.
The hip-hop festival that was taking place in the parking lot that night was not produced by Circuit of the Americas, he said, and parking and security were provided by third-party vendors and not COTA employees.
— Mary Huber, American-Statesman
Police searching for missing teen
A family is asking the public for help in finding a Round Rock girl that has been missing for over a week.
Kierra “Katrina” Espy, 16, of Round Rock was reported missing by her family on Aug. 22 after she hadn’t been seen for two days, Round Rock police spokesperson Nick Olivier said.
A family member said Espy is 5-foot-3 and 108 pounds.
Police have been in touch with her relatives in Illinois and Missouri, he said, and her information has been listed on state and national missing-persons databases.
“We’re making every effort to locate her,” Olivier said.
Anyone with information is urged to call police at 512-218-5500.
— Mike Parker, American-Statesman
Sheriff investigates in-custody death of ‘irrational’ man
The Bastrop County sheriff’s office and Texas Rangers are investigating the death of Lorenzo Juarez, who died last weekend in the custody of Bastrop County deputies, Sheriff Maurice Cook said.
Deputies encountered Juarez in the Camp Swift area on Aug. 25. His behavior was described by Cook as “irrational.” Juarez approached deputies wielding a steel pipe but dropped the pipe before becoming an immediate threat, Cook said. It was at that point that deputies took him into custody.
“It appeared to be more a medical (issue) than it did a criminal attack on the deputy,” Cook said.
Juarez was taken to St. David’s Emergency Center in Bastrop but died on the way, the sheriff said.
Cook said he could not comment further while an investigation is ongoing.
Cook said the investigation would be completed upon the receipt of autopsy results revealing Juarez’s cause of death. Texas Rangers are assisting county officials in the investigation, which is standard protocol in such incidents.
Juarez’s death is the first in-custody death since Cook took office in January 2017.
— Brandon Mulder, American-Statesman
Grass fire involves more than 30 hay bales
Firefighters battled a grass fire with more than 30 bales of hay burning near Taylor on Friday afternoon, according to Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody.
The fire burned off FM 112 and County Road 446 east of Taylor, Chody said.
— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman