Crime

Feds charge truck driver in smuggling case; immigrant death toll at 10

Feds charge truck driver in smuggling case; immigrant death toll at 10

In one of the deadliest human smuggling cases in Texas in at least a decade — which authorities say could be connected to the Zeta drug cartel — federal officials have charged the driver of an 18-wheeler after his tractor-trailer was found crammed with dozens of immigrants, 10 of whom have died from the heat inside the container. A criminal complaint filed in San Antonio shined new light...
Motorcyclist critically injured in western Travis County crash

Motorcyclist critically injured in western Travis County crash

WESTERN TRAVIS COUNTY Motorcyclist critically injured in crash A motorcyclist was critically injured after he crashed on Southwest Parkway in western Travis County on Monday afternoon. The man, who was found unconscious and estimated to be in his 40s, was taken to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Austin-Travis County EMS officials said. The two outside...
JUST IN: Man arrested after threatening judge, precinct office in over 500 emails, police say

JUST IN: Man arrested after threatening judge, precinct office in over 500 emails, police say

A man was arrested after being accused of threatening a judge and his office staff through email for an eviction notice he received, according to a police affidavit. On March 9, 25-year-old Abdulmomin Ghuman was handed an eviction notice from his apartment at 3400 Harmon Ave. by a Deputy Constable, the affidavit said. Ghuman then went on an emailing spree about the eviction, sending hundreds of messages...
Teen admits targeting transgender activist in attack, police say

Teen admits targeting transgender activist in attack, police say

A second suspect in an attack on an Austin transgender activist last week admitted to police that he targeted the victim because of her gender identity, according to court papers filed Monday. Rayshad Deloach, 17, and his brother, Raymond Jr., 26, have both been accused of carjacking and mugging Stephanie Martinez, a transgender activist who testified at the state Capitol a day after the attack. Both...
Police: Sellers using phone app to sell car robbed Georgetown buyer

Police: Sellers using phone app to sell car robbed Georgetown buyer

Three people have been accused of offering a car for sale in Georgetown on a phone app and then robbing the man who came to buy the vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit. Cornell Jayshaun Mack-Taylor, 21, of Austin; Tavia Alvarez, 23 of Highland, N.Y., and Tylan Louis Seaborn, 17, of Austin were all charged with engaging in organized criminal activity. The charge is a first-degree felony punishable...
JUST IN: 2nd suspect in attack on transgender activist charged, admits targeting victim, police say

JUST IN: 2nd suspect in attack on transgender activist charged, admits targeting victim, police say

The second suspect in an attack on a transgender woman last week admitted to Austin police that he targeted the victim because of her gender identity, according to court papers filed Monday. Rayshad Deloach, 17, and his brother, Raymond, have both been accused of carjacking and mugging Stephanie Martinez, an Austin transgender activist. Both face aggravated kidnapping and robbery charges...
Trial delay likely for men accused of shooting at Travis County judge

Trial delay likely for men accused of shooting at Travis County judge

10:45 a.m. The October trial of three men suspected of trying to kill Travis County state district Judge Julie Kocurek will likely be pushed back to 2018. But before he decides anything, U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel said he wants attorneys for the defendants to file a motion by next week formally requesting the delay. Yeakel hinted that the new trial date would be Feb. 5. Lawyers for Chimene Onyeri and Marcellus...
San Antonio immigrant smuggling deaths come amid shift toward Texas

San Antonio immigrant smuggling deaths come amid shift toward Texas

At least nine immigrants died and 30 were hospitalized after authorities in San Antonio discovered an overheated tractor-trailer in a Walmart parking lot early Sunday morning in what the police chief called a “horrific” human trafficking crime. Police found the truck after a store employee making the rounds late Saturday night was approached by someone from the truck asking for water,...
San Marcos robbery suspects caught on camera, police say

San Marcos robbery suspects caught on camera, police say

San Marcos police say two suspects in an aggravated robbery this week were caught on tape. The men allegedly robbed Advance America, a check-cashing business at 909-B Texas 80, at 5:11 p.m. Wednesday. One of the men reportedly pointed a gun at a female employee, telling her “she would be killed if she did not comply while she walked to the safe.” The men left with an undisclosed amount...
Campus carry: No problems so far at UT-Austin. What does that prove?

Campus carry: No problems so far at UT-Austin. What does that prove?

University of Texas police responded to four gun-related incidents in the past 12 months, but only one — involving a photo shoot for a newspaper — can be tied to the controversial state law permitting students to carry concealed handguns in most campus buildings. Campus carry went into effect Aug. 1, about two weeks before the fall semester opened at UT. Opponents of Senate Bill 11 feared...
Man found guilty of capital murder in 2014 botched drug robbery

Man found guilty of capital murder in 2014 botched drug robbery

With two co-defendants testifying he pulled the trigger in a botched robbery in East Austin, a Travis County jury deliberated for less than an hour Friday before finding Gregory Dalton guilty of capital murder. Dalton will serve a life sentence without parole for fatally shooting Jose Dejesus Chavez after, according to testimony, Dalton and two other men drove north from San Antonio on Nov. 20, 2014...
Round Rock driver charged after leaving scene of train collision

Round Rock driver charged after leaving scene of train collision

ROUND ROCK Vehicle, train collide; driver flees scene Round Rock police are charging a driver with leaving the scene of a crash after his vehicle collided with a train Friday morning at McNeil Road and the Interstate 35 frontage road. No injuries were reported. Police spokeswoman Angelique Myers said officers received a call at 9:52 a.m. about the collision and Union Pacific workers joined first responders...
Authorities scramble for funding as DPS is set to charge for lab fees

Authorities scramble for funding as DPS is set to charge for lab fees

Law enforcement agencies across the state are scrambling to come up with additional funding after the Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday announced it would start charging for crime lab services beginning Sept. 1. Several police chiefs and sheriffs throughout the Central Texas area told the American-Statesman on Friday they had no idea they were going to be charged for the services, which...
JUST IN: $50,000 in weed seized during U.S. 290 traffic stop in Northeast Austin, police say

JUST IN: $50,000 in weed seized during U.S. 290 traffic stop in Northeast Austin, police say

Austin police seized about 18 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of approximately $50,000, during a Monday traffic stop in Northeast Austin, according to a police affidavit.  Police pulled over a Kia Sedan on U.S. 290 near the intersection with Ferguson Cutoff because it didn’t use its blinkers when it changed its lanes, the affidavit said. After conducting a probable cause search...

123 arrests across Texas, including 13 in Austin, in immigration sweep

Federal officers arrested 123 people – including 13 in Austin – across Central and South Texas during an eight-day operation that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said targeted criminals. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: U.S. judge: ICE said Austin raid was because of ‘sanctuary’ policy The people taken into custody in the operation that ended Wednesday had previous criminal convictions...
Document: Man accused of killing Hutto police officer was on meth

Document: Man accused of killing Hutto police officer was on meth

A man accused of killing Hutto police Sgt. Chris Kelley by running him over with a patrol car in 2015 had taken methamphetamine three times within 17 hours before the crime, according to a notice prosecutors have filed. The document said Colby Williamson admitted to using meth and marijuana daily for two years before the incident. The trial for Williamson, 28, is scheduled to start in late August...
DPS to bill law enforcement agencies for crime lab services in Sept.

DPS to bill law enforcement agencies for crime lab services in Sept.

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced on Thursday that it would begin charging law enforcement agencies for using certain crime laboratory services starting on Sept. 1. According to DPS, the Texas Legislature provided the DPS lab system with $63 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, and requires up to $11.5 million be charged and collected to make up the balance of the total authorized...
Police seek armed man in Cedar Park store robbery

Police seek armed man in Cedar Park store robbery

CEDAR PARK Armed man sought in robbery Police said they are searching for a man who used a gun and a green mask to rob a Cedar Park convenience store Wednesday. Officers were alerted at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday after the masked man entered the Circle K store at 12020 RM 620 North, showed a handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, the Cedar Park Police Department said. No customers were in...
LEGE DIRECTIVE: DPS to charge law enforcement agencies for crime lab services

LEGE DIRECTIVE: DPS to charge law enforcement agencies for crime lab services

The Texas Department of Public Safety announced on Thursday that it would begin charging law enforcement agencies for using certain crime laboratory services starting on Sept. 1. According to DPS, the Texas Legislature provided the DPS lab system with $63 million for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, and requires up to $11.5 million be charged and collected to make up the balance of the total authorized...
Man has critical injuries after stabbing in downtown Austin parking garage, police say

Man has critical injuries after stabbing in downtown Austin parking garage, police say

A man was stabbed this afternoon in a parking garage in downtown Austin, police said. He has critical, life-threatening injuries after being stabbed by a woman, police said. The victim’s partner, who was with him at the time, told police that the two of them did not know the attacker, police said. The stabbing was reported around 3:20 p.m. at 9th Street and San Jacinto Boulevard, officials said...
Officials: Williamson corrections officer had cocaine packed for delivery

Officials: Williamson corrections officer had cocaine packed for delivery

A Williamson County correctional officer charged this week after cocaine was found in his vehicle had the illegal drug packaged for delivery, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday. Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody declined to say if Richard Acuna Jr., who started work at the county jail in January, was selling the cocaine to inmates. Chody said it was rare for a Williamson County...
Cedar Park police looking for man who robbed store wearing mask

Cedar Park police looking for man who robbed store wearing mask

Police are searching for an armed man who used a gun and a green mask to to rob a Cedar Park convenience store Wednesday, according to a news release. Officers were alerted at 12:58 a.m. Wednesday after the masked man entered the Circle K store at 12020 FM 620 North, showed a handgun and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. There were two clerks in the store at the time but no customers...
BREAKING: Travis Co. sheriff’s office blames ‘clerical error’ for spat with ICE over deportee release

BREAKING: Travis Co. sheriff’s office blames ‘clerical error’ for spat with ICE over deportee release

The Travis County sheriff’s office on Thursday confirmed that they received an email from federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asking that they reconsider the denial of a request to detain a known gang member and four-time deportee who was released hours later. The sheriff’s office initially told the American-Statesman on Wednesday they had no record of such communication...
NEW DETAILS: Officials: Corrections officer had cocaine packed in car to deliver

NEW DETAILS: Officials: Corrections officer had cocaine packed in car to deliver

A Williamson County correctional officer who was charged this week after cocaine was found in his car had the illegal drug packaged up for delivery, according to an arrest affidavit released Thursday. Deputies found a black sock under the front seat of Richard Acuna Jr.’s car on Tuesday that contained 13 plastic baggies with cocaine in them, the affidavit said. The total weight of the cocaine...
SCAM ALERT: Thieves posing as IRS workers demand money over phone, police say

SCAM ALERT: Thieves posing as IRS workers demand money over phone, police say

Austin police are warning the public about a phone scam in which callers pose as IRS employees looking for money. Several people in Austin have reported these scam calls, police said in a statement Thursday.  According to police, the scammer’s caller ID resembles an Austin Police Department number, 512-974-8243, to appear legitimate. The caller, posing an Internal Revenue Service employee...
Travis Co. sheriff, ICE spar over how 4-time deportee was released

Travis Co. sheriff, ICE spar over how 4-time deportee was released

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez is disputing the details given by federal immigration officials who touted the arrest of a known Mexican gang member and four-time deportee and their claim that he was released from the Travis County Jail in June despite a request to detain him. Julio Cesar Mendoza-Caballero, 33, had been booked into the jail June 16 on a misdemeanor assault charge and a...
Austin police seize 75 lbs. of crystal meth in I-35 traffic stop

Austin police seize 75 lbs. of crystal meth in I-35 traffic stop

NORTH AUSTIN Police seize 75 lbs. of meth in traffic stop A Laredo woman faces federal charges after Austin police say they found $2 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in her car as she was traveling to Dallas with her 4-year-old daughter last week. Officers made the discovery after pulling over the driver, identified by police as 22-year-old Seline Ayala. Police said she was driving her Dodge...
Lawyer: Woman to plea guilty in 2014 shooting death of Round Rock man

Lawyer: Woman to plea guilty in 2014 shooting death of Round Rock man

A woman accused of robbing and killing a Round Rock man at his home in 2014 is scheduled to plead guilty in August, her lawyer said Wednesday. Lindsey Hanks, 25, is charged with capital murder in the shooting death of 33-year-old Jerrod Stanford. Hanks was supposed to plead guilty Wednesday, but the hearing was reset because of a scheduling conflict, said her lawyer, Amber Farrelly. Farrelly declined...
Man accused of aiming rifle at DPS helicopter faces assault charge

Man accused of aiming rifle at DPS helicopter faces assault charge

A man faces up to 20 years in prison for pointing his rifle several times at a Department of Public Safety helicopter in Williamson County, according to an arrest affidavit. Clint E. Noe, 39, of Georgetown was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A trooper said that he was in a marked DPS helicopter flying in the 11900 block of FM 1331 Sunday when he saw a man pointing a rifle at...
UPDATE: Sheriff: Cocaine found in Williamson County correctional officer’s car

UPDATE: Sheriff: Cocaine found in Williamson County correctional officer’s car

The drug found Tuesday inside a Williamson County corrections officer’s car was cocaine, the sheriff’s office said Wednesday. Richard Acuna Jr. was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies used dogs to search Acuna’s vehicle that was in the public parking garage of the Williamson...
JUST IN: Austin police seize 75 pounds of liquid crystal meth in I-35 traffic stop

JUST IN: Austin police seize 75 pounds of liquid crystal meth in I-35 traffic stop

A Laredo woman faces federal charges after Austin police say they found $2 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in her car as she was traveling to Dallas with her 4-year-old daughter last week.  Officers made the discovery after pulling over the driver, identified by police as 22-year-old Seline Ayala, 22. Police said she was driving her Dodge Avenger 5 mph above the 60 mph speed limit in...
Police seeking assailant after man shot in Northeast Austin

Police seeking assailant after man shot in Northeast Austin

A man was shot, possibly in the course of a robbery, in Northeast Austin tonight, police said.  Around 8:16 p.m., the 911 caller told medics to come to a home on Cameron Road, just south of U.S. 183, to help the victim – a man in his 20s who was shot in the leg, police said. He is expected to survive the shooting. Officers are looking for the shooter in that area, though they haven&rsquo...
UPDATE: Travis Co. sheriff’s office challenges ICE’s details about ‘gang member’ released from jail

UPDATE: Travis Co. sheriff’s office challenges ICE’s details about ‘gang member’ released from jail

TRAVIS COUNTY Tuesday 9:45 p.m. update: The Travis County sheriff’s office is challenging some of the details the U.S. Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement provided Tuesday afternoon concerning the release from the county jail of an inmate federal immigration officials described as a “documented” gang member.  ICE officials said Tuesday Julio Cesar Mendoza-Caballero...
UPDATE: Sheriff’s office challenges ICE’s details on release of ‘gang member’ from Travis County Jail 

UPDATE: Sheriff’s office challenges ICE’s details on release of ‘gang member’ from Travis County Jail 

9:45 p.m. update: The Travis County sheriff’s office is challenging some of the details the U.S. Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement provided Tuesday afternoon concerning the release from the county jail of an inmate federal immigration officials described as a “documented” gang member.  ICE officials said Tuesday Julio Cesar Mendoza-Caballero, 33, was released from...
JUST IN: Nursing home employee accused of assaulting 90-year-old woman

JUST IN: Nursing home employee accused of assaulting 90-year-old woman

Austin police have issued an arrest warrant for a nursing home employee who is accused of beating a 90-year-old woman after she wet her bed in the facility in May. Carly Vondra, a 44-year-old certified nurse’s assistant, faces a second-degree felony charge of injury to a disabled individual, according to an arrest affidavit filed on Monday. Austin police began investigating the incident on May...
Thorndale man accused of pointing rifle at DPS helicopter

Thorndale man accused of pointing rifle at DPS helicopter

WILLIAMSON COUNTY Man accused of pointing rifle at DPS A man in Thorndale could serve time in jail after officials said he pointed a rifle at a helicopter Sunday evening. The Williamson County sheriff’s office said it received a call to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety after a man authorities identified as 39-year-old Clint Noe aimed a rifle at a DPS helicopter as it flew over a...
UT stabbing suspect Kendrex White indicted for murder, new charges

UT stabbing suspect Kendrex White indicted for murder, new charges

The criminal case against University of Texas stabbing suspect Kendrex White is clear to proceed after a Travis County grand jury indicted him Monday on four felony charges, including three new ones, according to top assistant Mindy Montford of the district attorney’s office. White, 21, is now charged with three counts of aggravated assault for injuring three students when he allegedly went...
Cedar Park gold coin company owner accused again of theft

Cedar Park gold coin company owner accused again of theft

For the second time, the owner of a Cedar Park gold coin business is accused of ripping off a customer, according to an arrest affidavit. Donald McBride, 47, was charged Friday with theft of property against an elderly individual, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He was charged with theft in May after police said he took $9,705 from a customer for gold coins that he never...
JUST IN: Good Samaritan tries to help woman flee man before being threatened herself, police say

JUST IN: Good Samaritan tries to help woman flee man before being threatened herself, police say

A Good Samaritan who tried to help a woman last week escape from a man chasing her was later assaulted and threatened with a knife by the man, according to an arrest affidavit.  The bystander had been staying at the Franklin Gardens apartments on East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to take care of her sick aunt on Wednesday night when she left to get something from her car, the affidavit...
JUST IN: Austin police want your help to find robbery suspects 

JUST IN: Austin police want your help to find robbery suspects 

Austin police are asking for help in identifying two suspects who robbed a man outside of a Family Dollar store in Southeast Austin on July 2. Police said the victim was sitting in his car in the 5300 block of Nuckols Crossing around 9:25 p.m. when two men approached and demanded cash at gunpoint. Police said the men had just shoplifted several items from the Family Dollar before they approached the...
NEW DETAILS: 9th suspect in Bakari Henderson death denied bail in Greece

NEW DETAILS: 9th suspect in Bakari Henderson death denied bail in Greece

On the day Bakari Henderson’s family laid his body to rest, authorities in Greece denied bail to the ninth — and last — arrested suspect in the killing of the 22-year-old from Austin. Investigators also identified him as the man who appears in surveillance video to throw Henderson into a parked car. With the ruling on Saturday, seven of the suspects in Henderson’s death...
EARLY MONDAY: MoPac chase ends with car crashing into Austin police cruiser, officer unhurt

EARLY MONDAY: MoPac chase ends with car crashing into Austin police cruiser, officer unhurt

A car chase down MoPac Boulevard (Loop 1) ended with when the apparently stolen car crashed into an unrelated Austin police cruiser Monday morning, with the suspected driver still on the loose.  Austin police received a call shortly after 3 a.m. that a group of people were suspected of breaking into cars, authorities said.  Details remained sketchy early Monday, but officials said the responding...
Austin Fire crews tackle condo, house fires Sunday morning

Austin Fire crews tackle condo, house fires Sunday morning

AUSTIN Fire crews tackle two morning fires Firefighters on Sunday morning responded to multiple calls, including a fire at a condo complex in South Austin and a blaze that damaged a Northwest Austin home. Crews took defensive positions as they fought a blaze in the 9600 block of Petite Cove in Northwest Austin shortly after 11 a.m., fire officials said. The first unit on the scene reported significant...

Motorcyclist injured in Texas 130 crash; traffic briefly closed

TRAVIS COUNTY Motorcyclist injured in Texas 130 crash A motorcyclist was taken to the hospital Saturday after a crash on Texas 130, Austin-Travis County EMS reported. Medics responded to the scene in the northbound lane of the 6300 block of Texas 130 around 12:20 p.m. The rider, described as a man in his 40s, was found unconscious, according to EMS officials. The man was revived and taken to St. David&rsquo...
Last suspect in beating death is jailed as Austin man’s funeral is held

Last suspect in beating death is jailed as Austin man’s funeral is held

A funeral for the Austin man who was fatally beaten in Greece took place Saturday, King-Tears Mortuary, the funeral home handling the body, confirmed. The service for Bakari Henderson began at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church in Austin, according to King-Tears Mortuary. Greek police say the 22-year-old was beaten to death outside a bar July 7 on the Greek island of Zakynthos....
Man accused of cursing at passengers, hitting man on Cap Metro bus

Man accused of cursing at passengers, hitting man on Cap Metro bus

A man cursed at and threatened passengers on a Capital Metro bus Friday evening, and hit a passenger on the head, according to witnesses in an arrest affidavit. Austin police charged Albert Perez, 38, with assault with injury, a Class A misdemeanor, after causing a disturbance on the bus that prompted two passengers to call police, the affidavit said. Police arrived around 5 p.m. Friday to the 100...
Man dead, woman critically injured in Texas 71 crash near Garfield

Man dead, woman critically injured in Texas 71 crash near Garfield

TRAVIS COUNTY Crash: Man dead, woman injured A man in his 60s is dead and a woman in her 70s was critically injured on Texas 71 in Garfield after a Dodge pickup T-boned a Chevy car turning at a crossover, authorities said Friday. The Chevy turned into the path of the pickup, which driving west on Texas 71, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robbie Barrera said. The pickup struck the Chevy...
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