Crime

LATEST: Pflugerville SWAT standoff ends; California stabbing suspect in custody

LATEST: Pflugerville SWAT standoff ends; California stabbing suspect in custody

1:15 p.m. update: A SWAT standoff in Pflugerville has ended, and a man suspected of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend in California has been taken into custody, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Kevin Darnell Dickson, 55, was arrested by authorities after an hours-long standoff at a home in the 14500 block of Harris Ridge Boulevard in Pflugerville, followed by a brief struggle, authorities said...
Austin police warn of phone scam ‘our community is falling victim to’

Austin police warn of phone scam ‘our community is falling victim to’

Austin police are warning the public of an ongoing phone scam in which the scammers falsely identify themselves as Austin officials to get people to pay them money. “We have a trend of fraudulent, scamming phone calls that our community is falling victim to,” Austin police Officer Albino Cadenas said. The scammers are telling people they have missed some sort of deadline, such as...
Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media

Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media

TRAVIS COUNTY Deputies: Student arrested over gun photo A 17-year-old Westlake High School student was arrested after he shared a photo on social media Wednesday of a gun inside a bag with the caption “ready for school,” according to his arrest affidavit. Holden Cooper Smith is charged with making a terroristic threat, jail records show. He was booked into the Travis County Jail on Thursday...
3 teenagers charged with murder in South Austin apartment shooting

3 teenagers charged with murder in South Austin apartment shooting

Austin police have charged three teenagers with capital murder in connection with what police described as a drug deal that turned deadly early Tuesday in South Austin. Police said 19-year-old Isaac Christopher Morey was fatally shot at an apartment in the 400 block of East William Cannon Drive near Interstate 35 just before 1:45 a.m. after he’d gone there to sell marijuana and was ambushed...
NEW DETAILS: Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media 

NEW DETAILS: Westlake student arrested after sharing gun photo in social media 

A 17-year-old Westlake High School student was arrested after he shared a photo on social media Wednesday of a gun inside a bag with the caption “ready for school,” according to his arrest affidavit. Holden Cooper Smith is charged with making a terroristic threat, jail records show. He was booked into the Travis County Jail on Thursday and posted bail on Friday, records show. Friends...
NEW INFO: Police ID man killed in East Austin shooting Thursday

NEW INFO: Police ID man killed in East Austin shooting Thursday

Austin police have identified the man who died Thursday evening after an East Austin shooting that also left another man critically injured.  Police responded at about 6:28 p.m. to a call from the 1100 block of Poquito Street and found two injured men lying on the ground. The victims were taken to Dell Seton Medical Center, where one of the men, 26-year-old Keeven Darrall Cubit, was pronounced...
Boerne man accused of punch attack at San Marcos bar in March surrenders

Boerne man accused of punch attack at San Marcos bar in March surrenders

A Boerne man accused of punching a man unconscious outside a San Marcos bar last month has surrendered to authorities, officials announced Friday. Bryan Albert Garcia, who is charged with assault-bodily injury and serious bodily injury, turned himself in to the Hays County Jail early Thursday. Garcia, 34, was identified as a suspect in the bar assault after San Marcos police received an anonymous...
Man in his 30s stabbed in Southeast Austin, taken to hospital, EMS medics say

Man in his 30s stabbed in Southeast Austin, taken to hospital, EMS medics say

A man in his 30s was taken to the hospital Friday after being stabbed in Southeast Austin. Austin-Travis County EMS medics said they responded at 11:46 a.m. to the 4400 block of East Ben White Boulevard near Burleson Road, where they took the man to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center. His injuries were serious but not expected to be life-threatening, EMS said.
3 teenagers charged with murder in South Austin apartment shooting 

3 teenagers charged with murder in South Austin apartment shooting 

Austin Police have charged three teenagers with capital murder in connection with what they described as a drug deal that turned deadly early Tuesday in South Austin.  Police said 19-year-old Isaac Christopher Morey was fatally shot at an apartment in the 400 block of East William Cannon Drive near Interstate 35 just before 1:45 a.m. after he’d gone there to sell marijuana and was ambushed...
UPDATE: One dead, one injured after shooting in East Austin, police say

UPDATE: One dead, one injured after shooting in East Austin, police say

One man died and another was seriously injured on Thursday evening after a shooting in East Austin, according to Austin police. Emergency crews were called to the 1100 block of Poquito Street, between East Seventh Street and Rosewood Avenue, around 6:28 p.m., Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services medics said. Both men were taken to the Dell Seton Medical Center with gunshot wounds; one of...
Round Rock man accused of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel, feds say

Round Rock man accused of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel, feds say

Authorities arrested a Round Rock man Thursday after a federal grand jury accused him of selling more than $325,000 worth of counterfeit sports apparel on eBay, the U.S. Department of Justice said.  Steve Kim, 58, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of trafficking in counterfeit goods, federal officials said.  Most of the apparel...
Defendant Onyeri testifies, admits to shooting Judge Kocurek

Defendant Onyeri testifies, admits to shooting Judge Kocurek

The two people central to Chimene Onyeri’s alleged shooting of state District Judge Julie Kocurek took the witness stand Thursday — and one of them started sobbing. It was not the person who was nearly killed in front of her teenage son. Kocurek was composed as she presented gripping testimony about her road to recovery from four gunshot blasts in November 2015, revealing that at the darkest...
Street artist honors Draylen Mason with East Austin mural

Street artist honors Draylen Mason with East Austin mural

Local artist Mike Johnston created a mural in memory of Draylen Mason that is now on display in East Austin. The poster is glued to an electric box at Pleasant Valley and Webberville roads. Johnston said he put it there Wednesday morning. Mason was one of two people killed by a package bomb during a string of attacks that left several others wounded through March. Mason died March 12, after the bomb...
5 things to know about protecting your ride during weekend MotoGP

5 things to know about protecting your ride during weekend MotoGP

If you’re one of the thousands of motorcyclists converging on Circuit of the Americas this weekend for MotoGP, Austin police say you should keep these five things in mind to protect your ride: 1. Criminals like easy targets. Secure your motorcycle to a fixed, anchored object or another motorcycle — or risk somebody lifting it into a truck or van. It also helps if you don’t store...
Day care owner gets 20-year sentence in infant’s death

Day care owner gets 20-year sentence in infant’s death

A day care facility owner who waited at least 14 minutes to call 911 for a suffocating infant was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday afternoon. Holly Harrison, who ran All About Kids day care, pleaded guilty earlier this month to tampering with evidence and no contest to injury to a child. Williamson County state District Court Judge Rick Kennon sentenced Harrison to the maximum 20 years...
Five arrested for robbing San Marcos pizza delivery driver, police say

Five arrested for robbing San Marcos pizza delivery driver, police say

San Marcos police have arrested five men suspected of robbing a pizza delivery driver in early April by hitting him over the head with a metal water bottle. Da Lavon Lamar Scruggs, 21, Andrew Jones Jr., 21, Deshaun Moorer, 20, Daniel Hagans, 21, and Sean Garrett, 18, have all been charged with aggravated robbery, police said. Authorities said a man tried to deliver a pizza to the Aqua 16 Apartments...
Woman bit off boyfriend’s ear, charged with assault, Austin police say

Woman bit off boyfriend’s ear, charged with assault, Austin police say

A 20-year-old woman faces an assault charge after she admitted to Austin police that she bit her boyfriend’s ear off at a Southeast Austin motel, according to court documents filed this week. Portia Washington has been charged with aggravated assault but was not in Travis County Jail on Thursday, according to jail records. Police first heard about the incident via an emergency call at 3:34 a...
Clive Doyle, voice of Davidian survivors, leads memorial service

Clive Doyle, voice of Davidian survivors, leads memorial service

It is 25 years since fire consumed Mount Carmel, the communal home of the Branch Davidians a few miles outside of Waco, ending a 51-day FBI siege with the death of 76 of the members of the small religious community, more than a quarter of them children. On this quarter-century anniversary, the deaths of those 76 people, as well as the six Davidians and four agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol...
UT police seeking suspect in campus sexual assault at Bellmont Hall

UT police seeking suspect in campus sexual assault at Bellmont Hall

University of Texas police said they are looking for a suspect in a sexual assault that was reported on the campus Wednesday night. UT police responded at 8:45 p.m. to a 911 call by a male student who said he had been sexually assaulted at Bellmont Hall by a stranger. The student said he had been using a restroom around 8:15 p.m. when another man entered and assaulted him, UT police said in a statement...
Judge Julie Kocurek testifies she ‘wanted to die’ after 2015 gun attack

Judge Julie Kocurek testifies she ‘wanted to die’ after 2015 gun attack

11:35 a.m. update: Defendant Chimene Onyeri is testifying now. State District Judge Julie Kocurek said she wanted to die after she was ambushed by gunfire outside of her West Austin home in November 2015. Kocurek testified for about 75 minutes Thursday in the trial of alleged shooter Chimene Onyeri, who witnesses said tried to kill Kocurek before she could send him to prison on a probation...
Police investigating reports of man entering Sun City homes without consent

Police investigating reports of man entering Sun City homes without consent

Georgetown police said they are seeking the public’s help to identify a person of interest in a string of suspicious incidents in Sun City. The person in the above photo “may or may not be involved in” several incidents reported over the past two years, Georgetown police said in a statement. Those incidents include someone entering residents’ homes “without...
Crime in parts of Red River district rose 26 percent in last year, study says

Crime in parts of Red River district rose 26 percent in last year, study says

The number of crimes committed in the Red River district in downtown Austin rose 26 percent in the last year, according to a study by city of Austin employees.  The city study — a rundown of evaluations and recommendations after a year-long pilot program that extended curfews for five outdoor music venues — reported that there were 240 crimes committed in the Red River district...

Police give ‘all clear’ after bomb threat at Rutledge Elementary School

NORTHWEST AUSTIN Bomb threat forces evacuation at school Rutledge Elementary School in Northwest Austin was evacuated for a bomb threat, school officials said in an alert to parents on Wednesday afternoon. The Leander school district said it received the threat just before classes were dismissed Wednesday. Law enforcement agents went to the campus with bomb-sniffing dogs and gave the all-clear at...
Austin bombings response a model for future attacks, McCaul says

Austin bombings response a model for future attacks, McCaul says

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said the investigation into the Austin bombings last month that combined the forces of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies might become a model for how major attacks on civilians should be handled in the future. Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley on Wednesday testified before the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, which McCaul chairs, about...
Lessons for media still echo from Waco tragedy

Lessons for media still echo from Waco tragedy

As the gunfire began at the Branch Davidian compound 25 years ago, kicking off what would become a 51-day siege, a group of journalists found themselves smack in the middle of it. Tommy Witherspoon, along with several colleagues from the Waco Tribune-Herald, spent nearly three hours stretched flat in a ditch across the street from the compound. A few yards away a crew from KWTX, a local news station...
Austin gang member added to most wanted fugitives list, DPS says

Austin gang member added to most wanted fugitives list, DPS says

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Wednesday added an Austin gang member to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. The agency is offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to the arrest of 31-year-old Paulo Sandalio Guillen, who has been wanted since August 2017 for parole violation and unlawfully possessing a weapon. Guillen, an affiliate of a Tango Blast clique, has ties to...
Fusion of federal, local effort in Austin bombings a model for future, McCaul says

Fusion of federal, local effort in Austin bombings a model for future, McCaul says

10:45 a.m. update: U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said the investigation into the Austin bombings that combined the forces of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will become a model for how major attacks on civilians should be handled in the future. McCaul, as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, heard testimony Wednesday from interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley...
How failures during the Waco siege changed everything for the FBI, ATF

How failures during the Waco siege changed everything for the FBI, ATF

All in all, the death toll of the Branch Davidian siege outside Waco in 1993 included four agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and more than 75 Branch Davidians, including 21 children. The initial ATF raid on the compound and ensuing 51-day standoff involving FBI negotiators threw open the curtains on major shortcomings in policy and tactics between the federal agencies...
Co-defendant says Onyeri was ‘laser focused’ on killing Judge Kocurek

Co-defendant says Onyeri was ‘laser focused’ on killing Judge Kocurek

The growing list of people who have testified about the failed plan to kill state District Judge Julie Kocurek now includes a man who was with defendant Chimene Onyeri on the night the judge was ambushed outside of her West Austin home. Rasul Scott, a homeless man Onyeri took in and allegedly recruited for his ATM fraud scheme, presented the most direct evidence so far identifying Onyeri as the man...

Man in 20s dies after shooting in South Austin apartment, police say

SOUTH AUSTIN Police: Man dies after shooting in apartment A 19-year-old man selling marijuana was ambushed by a group of people in South Austin and fatally shot early Tuesday, Austin police said. Isaac Christopher Morey was shot and killed after he was called to a social gathering at an apartment at 412 E. William Cannon Blvd., police said. Shortly after he arrived, two men pointed firearms at everyone...
Trial begins for man who shot Austin police officer during drug raid

Trial begins for man who shot Austin police officer during drug raid

Defense attorney Skip Davis shouted and flailed his arms at the jury during opening statements in an attempted murder trial on Tuesday morning. Davis was trying to demonstrate the confusion that his client might have felt on the morning he shot and wounded an Austin police officer who burst into his home during a drug raid in 2016. “Austin Police Department! Stop moving! Come out with your hands...
Study finds serious shortcomings in Travis County indigent defense

Study finds serious shortcomings in Travis County indigent defense

Travis County officials might increase pay for indigent defense lawyers in response to a recent study that found that poor defendants are receiving worse representation in low-level felony drug cases than those who hire their own lawyers. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt will announce a proposal Tuesday at the Commissioner’s Court to discontinue a flat-fee schedule that she says discourages quality...
Police identify motorcyclist killed April 12 in Southwest Austin collision

Police identify motorcyclist killed April 12 in Southwest Austin collision

Austin police have identified a motorcyclist who was killed last week in a collision on Texas 71 in Southwest Austin as 26-year-old Ethan Childress. According to the findings of a preliminary investigation by police, Childress was heading west in the 8200 block of Texas 71, riding a blue Yamaha motorcycle, when he collided with a gray Toyota RAV4 just before 5:40 p.m. on April 12. Police said the...
Co-defendant says Onyeri insisted on killing Judge Kocurek

Co-defendant says Onyeri insisted on killing Judge Kocurek

Rasul Scott said he tried to discourage Chimene Onyeri from killing state District Judge Julie Kocurek, but that Onyeri was insistent. Scott, testifying Tuesday at Onyeri’s trial in federal court, said he and co-defendant Marcellus Burgin sat in a parked car in Tarrytown while Onyeri walked to the judge’s home to kill her. Onyeri returned and announced, “I couldn’t get her...
3rd threat made against Reagan High; public meeting set for 5:30 p.m.

3rd threat made against Reagan High; public meeting set for 5:30 p.m.

Police are investigating the third threat this week made against Reagan Early College High School in Northeast Austin, school officials confirmed on Tuesday. Austin Independent School District officials said in a letter to parents that a threat had been made Monday night against the school at 7104 Berkman Drive. Classes are on a regular schedule Tuesday, but school officials said police would increase...
Sandy Hook parents accuse Alex Jones, InfoWars of defamation, seek damages

Sandy Hook parents accuse Alex Jones, InfoWars of defamation, seek damages

The parents of children who died in the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., have accused conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars of defamation and seek damages in excess of $1 million. Two lawsuits filed on behalf of Neil Heslin, Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa allege that Jones and his media organization spread false information related to the tragedy...
Austin police searching for homicide suspect, release his Snapchat username

Austin police searching for homicide suspect, release his Snapchat username

4:30 p.m. update: A 19-year-old man who agreed to sell marijuana to someone in Austin was ambushed by a group of people and fatally shot early Tuesday, Austin police said. Isaac Christopher Morey was shot and killed soon after he arrived at an apartment at 412 E. William Cannon Blvd., police said. A short time after the purchaser entered the apartment, two other men followed him inside,...
Father in day care death case: ‘We’re still trying to cope’

Father in day care death case: ‘We’re still trying to cope’

The last time David Havins saw his infant son alive, Brody was in his crib, kicking his feet and smiling. It was early on Jan. 13, 2016, and Havins was getting ready to leave his Georgetown home and go to his job doing electrical work in South Austin. But before he left, he stopped by Brody’s crib. He kissed the baby on the head and said goodbye. “I said, ‘Go back to sleep. Mommy&rsquo...

1 dead, 2 charged after downtown Austin crash, police say

DOWNTOWN AUSTIN A three-vehicle crash early Monday on Cesar Chavez Street at Interstate 35 resulted in one man’s death and criminal charges against two people, Austin police said. Dean Michael Hood, 27, died at the scene of the crash, police said. A man and a woman, both estimated to be in their 20s, were hospitalized with injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening, Austin-Travis...
Affidavit: Police thought East Austin shooting in March was ambush

Affidavit: Police thought East Austin shooting in March was ambush

Several Austin police officers said they thought they were going to die when a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets in their direction in East Austin last month, according to court documents filed last week. A group of officers had gathered to investigate a vehicle during a traffic stop March 4 near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Chicon Street about 2:48 a.m. when they heard gunfire coming from...
Police thought East Austin shooting in March was ambush, affidavit says

Police thought East Austin shooting in March was ambush, affidavit says

Several Austin police officers said they thought they were going to die when a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets in their direction in East Austin in March, according to court documents filed last week. A group of officers were conducting a traffic stop investigation near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Chicon Street around 2:48 a.m. on March 4 when they heard gunfire coming from a Shell station...
Police: Man struck woman with wooden stick outside downtown church

Police: Man struck woman with wooden stick outside downtown church

A man was arrested Thursday evening after police say he hit a woman with a wooden stick outside a downtown Austin church, causing her head and hand injuries. Myles Anthony Bedell, 43, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was in custody at Travis County Jail on bail set at $25,000. According to an arrest affidavit, the confrontation between Bedell and the woman took place Thursday...

Austin woman, Taylor woman killed in rollover in Cedar Park

CEDAR PARK Women killed in rollover crash Two women died in a rollover crash early Friday in Cedar Park, police said. Connie Brown, 48, of Austin, and Sara Johnson, 30, of Taylor, died after the crash at FM 1431 and New Hope Drive, according to police. When officers received a call about the rollover at 1 a.m. Friday, they arrived to find a Lincoln Navigator that had flipped over. Brown and Johnson...
Affidavit: Man arrested for shooting in officers’ direction in March

Affidavit: Man arrested for shooting in officers’ direction in March

Austin police arrested Friday morning a 22-year-old man accused of shooting in the direction of police officers and pedestrians in East Austin last month. Courtney Organ is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer. He is in custody at Travis County Jail with bail set to $25,000. Four officers were conducting a traffic stop investigation when they heard gunfire near a Shell gas station on...
NEW DETAILS: Teens accused of shooting man in face near Lake Austin tied to second robbery, officials say

NEW DETAILS: Teens accused of shooting man in face near Lake Austin tied to second robbery, officials say

Four teenagers who were arrested for orchestrating an attempted robbery in January that ended with one man being shot in the face are now facing additional charges after Travis County sheriff’s investigators tied them to another robbery and shooting. Jesus Corrales, 17; David Dewey-Haagensen, 17; Samuel Steinfield, 17; and a 16-year-old unnamed West Lake High student were charged with aggravated...
Officials, mother hopeful car will yield clues to Cooke’s disappearance

Officials, mother hopeful car will yield clues to Cooke’s disappearance

As a tarp-covered car possibly linked to the disappearance of Rachel Cooke 16 years ago rolled into a Williamson County facility Friday, investigators and Cooke’s mother said they were cautiously optimistic it might yield clues. “I’m excited, but it’s tempered because I’ve been on the roller coaster ride and I’ve had to learn how to keep things in perspective,&rdquo...
Man seriously injured in third Travis County stabbing this week

Man seriously injured in third Travis County stabbing this week

A man was stabbed and seriously injured Thursday night in North Austin, marking the third stabbing in Travis County this week. Austin police said they responded at around 10:30 p.m. to the stabbing in the 1600 block of East Anderson Lane. Austin-Travis County EMS said they took a man described as in his 50s to Dell Seton Medical Center with critical and potentially life-threatening injuries. Police...
Trans Am found in Dallas linked to Rachel Cooke case, Williamson sheriff says

Trans Am found in Dallas linked to Rachel Cooke case, Williamson sheriff says

9:15 a.m. update: A Pontiac Trans Am that authorities found in Dallas is the car that witnessses reported seeing when Rachel Cooke, 19, disappeared while jogging in Georgetown in 2002, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said Friday morning.  Chody said the car is linked to three to four “persons of interest” in the Cooke case. He said a tip after a media event about Cooke&rsquo...
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