Travis deputies looking for man who stabbed, sexually assaulted woman


TRAVIS COUNTY

Deputies: Man stabbed, sexually assaulted woman

Travis County deputies are looking for man who stabbed, sexually assaulted and robbed a woman Saturday who was walking through a Wells Branch apartment complex, the sheriff’s office said.

The woman was walking through the Churchill Crossing apartment complex in the 14100 block of Thermal Drive when she was attacked around 4:30 a.m., Travis County sheriff’s officials said. The man asked her for money, then pulled her to a secluded area where he sexually assaulted her, stabbed her and stole her cell phone before running away, sheriff’s officials said.

She was hospitalized and is currently in good condition, sheriff’s officials said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the man is about 5-feet-6-inches tall, estimated to be about 30 years old, with straight hair and a goatee. He was wearing a white shirt, blue jeans and a brown jacket and smelled of alcohol.

Travis County sheriff’s investigators said they initially had a person of interest in the case “who has since been ruled out as a suspect.”

Anyone with information should call 512-854-1444.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

TAYLOR

Police charge man in Monday shooting

Taylor police have arrested a man accused in the shooting Monday of 31-year-old Juan Palacio, according to a police news release.

Manuel Herrera Jr., 43, of Taylor, has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Palacio, who was shot in the chest and upper arm, was in stable condition Tuesday at Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock, the release said.

The release did not say how police determined Herrera was involved in the shooting.

Officers saw him at 6:54 p.m. Tuesday riding in a car in the 900 block of E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the release said. It said when the car stopped, Herrera ran away but police caught him in Robinson Park at 206 S. Dolan Street.

Herrera had .45 caliber bullets in one of his pockets and suspected methamphetamine, police said. Officers also found a .45 caliber handgun in the car that Herrera had run away from, the release said.

It said Herrera also was charged with evading arrest, a state jail felony; possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram, a state jail felony; and felon in possession of a firearm, a third-degree felony.

State jail felonies are punishable by up to two years behind bars. A third-degree felony is punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

Police found out that Palacio had been shot when a man told staff at Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Taylor on Monday that Palacio was outside the facility with a gunshot would to the chest, a news release said. Police later found the vehicle where Palacio was shot in the northeast portion of the hospital’s parking lot, the release said.

Herrera was being held Wednesday in the Williamson County Jail.

— Claire Osborn, American-Statesman



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