Police ID woman found dead at home, man charged with her homicide


SOUTHEAST AUSTIN

Police ID Austin found dead, man charged in her homicide

Police have identified a woman found dead in Southeast Austin on Thursday and have charged a man in her killing.

Police said they found 54-year-old Patricia Campos dead inside her home in the 5400 block of La Loma Lane, in the Oak Ranch mobile home community.

Jose Israel Amaya, 39, was arrested Friday and charged with murder.

Police said they received a tip at around noon on Thursday from a man who said an acquaintance of his claimed to have killed his wife two days earlier.

Officers got the man’s name and address and on Thursday posted surveillance teams around the house, police said.

A call to the woman’s employer revealed she had not shown up to work in two days, authorities said. Police said they obtained a search warrant and sent a SWAT team to the house, where a man, later identified as Amaya, surrendered and was detained.

Officers found Campos dead when they entered the home, police said.

An autopsy will determine the cause and manner of death, officials said.

— American-Statesman Staff

GONZALES COUNTY

Deputy dies after Thursday incident

A Gonzales County sheriff’s deputy has died after an incident on Thursday night, according to the sheriff’s office.

The agency announced in a Facebook post on Friday morning that deputies are mourning the loss of Sgt. Joshua Leopold.

No details of the incident were immediately available, but the sheriff’s office said Deputies in Caldwell County are investigating, along with the Texas Rangers.

“We ask for prayers for Sergeant Leopold’s wife, children and family at this time,” Sheriff Matthew Atkinson said in the post.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

TRAVIS COUNTY

Man killed in motorcycle crasy

A man in his 60s died Friday after being involved in a motorcycle crash in western Travis County, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said.

Medics were called out to the crash at Long Branch Drive and Fitzhugh Road around 8:50 a.m. after receiving reports that a motorcyclist had been involved in a crash with another vehicle.

Someone performed CPR on the man before medics arrived, but the victim died later, officials said.

The crash caused delays while officials responded.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

CENTRAL AUSTIN

Police: Attorney arrested after assaulting man in road rage case

An Austin criminal defense attorney was arrested on Wednesday after police said he chased a man speeding through his Hyde Park neighborhood, beat him up and smashed his Tesla.

Richard Patrick Fagerberg, 48, was arrested for criminal mischief, assault and driving while intoxicated on Wednesday. He posted bail set at $6,000, records show.

According to an arrest affidavit, the charges stem from a road rage incident that occurred in his Hyde Park neighborhood on Tuesday evening.

Austin police said they responded to a disturbance that night on 44th Street and Avenue C, where they found Fagerberg in the road with his hands bloodied and appearing intoxicated, the affidavit says.

Fagerberg told police that a man had been speeding down the street and almost killed his kid, the affidavit says. He admitted to pursuing him through the neighborhood after the incident, the document says.

The man who was driving the Tesla said told police he may have been speeding but did not see Fagerberg’s child, the affidavit says. He said Fagerberg followed him, came up to his window a few blocks away and “started ‘assaulting’ him by punching him in the face,” the document says.

He said Fagerberg then kicked the driver side door, broke the side mirror and drove away, the affidavit says.

Fagerberg admitted to police that he had damaged the man’s vehicle, and a witness that saw the chase backed up the story to authorities, the document says.

Fagerberg submitted to a breath test, which showed he was intoxicated above the legal limit, the affidavit says. Police said damages to the man’s Tesla totaled more than $7,000, the document says.

Fagerberg told the American-Statesman on Friday he admitted to following and hitting the man, and said he felt ashamed of the incident. He said he was scared for his 21-month-old son’s life after he said he was nearly struck by the man driving the Tesla.

He said he was not drunk when he pursued the man in his car and that he had walked back into his house before talking to police to take a shot of whiskey and calm his nerves.

— Mary Huber, American-Statesman



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