Police seeking tips after 20-year-old man found dead in East Austin


EAST AUSTIN

Police seeking tips after man found dead

Austin police are asking for the public’s help in their investigation of a 20-year-old man found dead at an East Austin apartment complex early Monday.

Police responded to reports of a shooting at the complex around 6:05 a.m. in the 5600 block of Springdale Road in the Pecan Springs neighborhood, police said.

The man, Damarcio White, has family in the area but investigators are not sure if he lived at the apartment complex, said Senior Officer Destiny Winston.

Police cannot confirm that White was shot, only that he was found with “traumatic injuries to the body,” Winston said.

Investigators, who have not identified a suspect, are asking anyone with information about the case to call Austin police’s homicide tip line at 512-477-3588.

— Roberto Villalpando, American-Statesman

NORTHEAST AUSTIN

Police ID man killed in home explosion

A man who died in an explosion at a home in Northeast Austin on Friday has been identified as 39-year-old Anthony Stephan House.

Austin police said officers responded to a home in the 1100 block of Haverford Drive around 6:55 a.m. after receiving several reports of an explosion and a man with traumatic injuries.

Police said first responders took House to a hospital, but he died from his injuries shortly after the blast. Police have classified this incident as a suspicious death.

Police are working with federal investigators to piece together what led up to the incident, which is being investigated as a homicide.

Police said they believe the incident was isolated and that there is no continuing threat to the public.

Authorities have not released any information on the device that caused the explosion, or named anyone who might have been involved.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call Austin police’s homicide tip line at 512-477-3588, or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

NORTH AUSTIN

Affidavit: Deputy charged with public intoxication

Williamson County sheriff’s office deputy Jack Danford faces charges of resisting arrest and public intoxication following an incident Saturday evening at Oakwood BBQ in North Austin.

The affidavit states that Danford appeared highly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol when police arrived at the restaurant about 7:44 p.m.

Officers tried to help Danford stand, the affidavit says, but he would not move. The officers also had trouble handcuffing Danford because his shoulders appeared unable to go back a certain distance, it says.

Danford wobbled and nearly fell over as the officers walked him to a police vehicle, the affidavit says. During conversation with police, Danford’s speech was slurred and difficult to understand, it says.

When officers attempted to remove his wallet and find identification, the affidavit states Danford tried to cover the pocket with his hand. When an officer tried to move his hand, the affidavit says Danford squeezed the officer’s wrist.

The officer yelled “Let me go!” but Danford continued to squeeze his wrist, it says.

The officer punched Danford’s back several times, the affidavit says, before other officers came and hit Danford with a police baton several times.

Danford was released from Travis County jail on a $5,000 bond and after agreeing to a psychological evaluation, according to court records.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said the unusual nature of the arrest led him to indefinitely suspend Danford on Monday.

Chody said there could be more charges filed against Danford.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman

NORTH AUSTIN

Deputies: High school student charged with making threat

The Williamson County sheriff’s office has arrested a student at Westwood High School for making a terroristic threat toward another student, Sheriff Robert Chody said in a tweet on Monday afternoon.

Aleksei Dodds, 17, was arrested, Chody said.

“We take these threats very seriously,” tweeted Chody. “If you see something say something.”

Westwood High School is at 12400 Mellow Meadow Drive in Austin and is part of the Round Rock school district.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



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