- Staff American-Statesman staff
Police looking for kidnapping, sexual assault suspect
Austin police are asking for the public’s help in locating man who kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman in the Hancock area Wednesday.
South Austin Hospital staff contacted police Wednesday evening and told them a woman in her early 20s had saying she had been sexually assaulted, said Austin Police Assistant Chief Joseph Chacon.
The victim told police she was leaving a friend’s apartment at the 900 block of Duncan Lane about 8 p.m. when she was struck from behind and knocked unconscious. She woke up at an unknown apartment where a man sexually assaulted her, Chacon said.
At one point the attacker violently struck her again, causing her to lose consciousness once more, Chacon said. When she regained consciousness, the victim was near Duncan Lane, close to where she was initially attacked, Chacon said.
Police did not have a description of the man Thursday and said the investigation is still in its early stages, but Chacon said the incident appears to be an assault by someone who didn’t know the victim. People in the area should be aware of the incident and “do everything they can to make sure they’re safe in the evening,” he said.
“This is obviously very concerning for us because we don’t have that many stranger assaults that occur and we don’t want them to continue,” Chacon said.
The incident happened a few blocks north of the University of Texas but Chacon said he doesn’t believe the victim is a college student.
Austin police are asking for anyone with information about the incident or the attacker to contact their sex crimes unit at 512-974-5095 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. People can also submit a tip by texting “Tip 103” plus a message to CRIMES, or by using the Crime Stoppers or Austin police app, available on iPhone and Android.
— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman
Police arrest suspect in Thanksgiving Day shooting
Austin police have arrested the man suspected of shooting two people in North Austin on Thanksgiving Day, authorities said Thursday morning.
Authorities booked Hector Mario Guajardo-Garcia, 32, into the Travis County Jail on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon late Wednesday, records show. His bail has been set at $140,000.
On Nov. 23, police responded to a call at the 9600 block of North Lamar Blvd. and found two people had been shot. The first victim was shot in his left arm and was taken to North Austin Hospital, while the second victim was shot multiple times in his stomach and was taken to Round Rock Hospital for emergency surgery, an arrest affidavit says.
A witness told police the victims knew Guajardo-Garcia and one of them had told her that he robbed Guajardo-Garcia “during a narcotics transaction a few days prior” to the shooting, the affidavit says.
— American-Statesman staff