Trio kidnapped, robbed UPS driver making delivery, Austin police say


Police have accused two men and a woman of kidnapping and robbing a UPS driver during a delivery in East Austin last month, on Wednesday, court documents said.

Edward Johnson Jr., 31, Michelle Macias, 30, and Christopher Martin, 23, face charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon Wednesday.

Johnson, Macias, and Martin were not in police custody Thursday, jail records showed.

Austin police allege in an arrest affidavit that the UPS driver was delivering packages on June 21 in the 1300 block of Rosewood Ave. when he was confronted by a man, who police later identified as Martin. 

He threatened to shoot the driver and demanded he get into the UPS truck and drive to the 1600 block of West Braker Lane in North Austin, according to court documents.

Martin had the driver park in an alley behind a row of duplexes and give him his Apple iPhone and wallet, police said in an arrest affidavit.

Martin got out of the truck and spoke with Macias and Johnson, who were sitting in a blue Cadillac nearby, according to court documents. The driver told police Martin then forced the driver into the UPS truck’s cargo area.

Martin opened several packages, “but appeared to be dissatisfied with their contents,” the driver told police in the court documents.

Martin left with the driver’s wallet and phone, according to court documents.

The driver told police two charges were made using his Chase Bank card for $24.99 and $76.23 at a gas station following the incident. 

Macias attempted to make a $357.23 purchase at a Foot Locker in Northeast Austin on June 21, but the card was declined, court documents said. Macias told police she was trying to purchase shoes for her son’s birthday.

She told police on Tuesday that Johnson and Martin discussed a robbery on June 21, the documents said.

“Macias advised Johnson planned this robbery and Martin was eager to assist,” court documents said.


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