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APD seeking assistance in suspicious death case

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:57

Case:            17-2820459

Date:            Thursday, October 19, 2017

Time:            Approximately 8:22 a.m.

Location:      5000 block of Alf Avenue

Deceased:    Magdaleno Benitez Flores, Hispanic male, born 10/2/1992

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, at approximately 8:22 a.m., Austin Police responded to a report of a deceased male, discovered by MasTec utility employees, near the Kingsbury solar station on Alf Avenue.

Homicide detectives were called and are working the case as a suspicious death, due to trauma to the body. Information gathered at the scene indicates the decedent had been there for several days before being found.

The Travis County Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy today.

Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

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ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, CASS, CHEROKEE, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GREGG, HARRISON, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KAUFMAN, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, MARION, MARTIN, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MENARD, MILLS, MOTLEY, NOLAN, PANOLA, PECOS, REAGAN, RUSK, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WALKER, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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65 Texas Burn Bans - 10/19/2017 12:12:18 PM

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ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, CASS, CHEROKEE, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GREGG, HARRISON, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KAUFMAN, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, MARION, MARTIN, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MENARD, MILLS, MOTLEY, NOLAN, PANOLA, PECOS, REAGAN, RUSK, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WALKER, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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64 Texas Burn Bans - 10/19/2017 8:45:28 AM

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ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, CASS, CHEROKEE, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GREGG, HARRISON, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KAUFMAN, KERR, KLEBERG, LAMB, LIMESTONE, MARION, MARTIN, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MENARD, MILLS, MOTLEY, NOLAN, PANOLA, PECOS, REAGAN, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WALKER, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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APD seeking assistance in identifying East Austin Robbery series suspect

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 12:11

Case #:        17-2681286

Date:            Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 — Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

Time:           Approximately 11 a.m. — through 9 p.m.

Location:      Several East Austin convenience stores (listed below)

The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit is investigating a series of East Austin convenience store robberies that occurred between September 25 and October 16, 2017. Robbery dectectives are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible for these crimes. The suspect displayed a handgun in five of the seven robberies. The locations and times of the robberies are:

• Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 – 5:57 p.m. – Fighting Orange, 3807 N I-35 NB Svrd
• Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 – 1:26 p.m. – Fighting Orange, 3807 N I-35 NB Svrd
• Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 – 6:15 p.m., MLK Food Store, 2915 E. MLK
• Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 – 11:31 a.m., Monarch Food Store, 1402 E. 38th ½ St.
• Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 – 4:15 p.m., East 1st Grocery Store, 1811 E. Cesar Chavez
• Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 – 7:38 p.m., East 1st Grocery Store, 1811 E. Cesar Chavez
• Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 – 8:23 p.m., Fighting Orange, 3807 N I-35 NB Svrd

Suspect is described as:
• Black male
• Approx. 35-45 years of age
• Approx. 6’3”-6’5”
• Approx. 300-325 lbs.
• Shaved head
• Tattoo above left elbow

APD’s Robbery Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the suspect in this case. If you have information, please contact the APD Robbery Tip Line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Video of supect:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PplJ_Nq5nZk&feature=youtu.be
  
Photos of suspect:

 

APD seeking assistance in locating suspect involved in failure to stop and render aid crash

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 15:22

Case:               17-2831149
 
Date:               Tuesday, October 10, 2017
 
Time:               4:28 p.m.
 
Location:         9300 block of Parkfield Drive

The Austin Police Department Vehicular Homicide Unit is seeking assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in a failure to stop and render aid crash.
The auto vs. pedestrian crash occurred Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at approximately 4:28 p.m. in the 9300 block of Parkfield Drive.

The victim, 77-year-old Linda Kay Fletcher, was killed when a gold 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Fernando Lazcano Sarabia, struck the victim and the vehicle she had just exited.

The preliminary investigation shows the Tahoe was travelling eastbound in the 9300 block of Parkfield Drive at a high rate of speed when Sarabia lost control, hitting and killing Fletcher. The driver fled southbound on Parkfield Drive.

Fernando Sarabia is described as:

  • Hispanic male
  • 27 years old

 
Suspect Vehicle description:

  • Gold 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • TX License Plate: GSX3645
  • Right front collision damage

 
This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5789. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 50th fatal traffic crash and the 52nd fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 53 fatal traffic crashes and 54 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Information is subject to change.

Statement from Chief Manley regarding vehicles and staffing

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:29

“A Ford Police Interceptor we believed to have leaked carbon monoxide into the passenger area, did not,” said Police Chief Brian Manley. “Additional testing on the vehicle have been conducted and found that the two alarms may have been activated overnight for other reasons. We do not believe this issue is a Ford issue or related to the repairs they have done on our vehicles.”
 
As it relates to staffing and equipment:
“We are confident that our department has the appropriate level of staffing and equipment to handle the events that will occur this weekend,” said Police Chief Brian Manley.

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DPS Offers Increased Reward, Seeks Leads in 1982 Travis County Murder

State - TX - DPS - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking for the public's help in solving the 1982 murder of Ruth Elizabeth Bettis, and an increased reward of up to $6,000 is being offered

60 Texas Burn Bans - 10/16/2017 4:40:47 PM

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ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, CASS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, GREGG, HARRISON, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KAUFMAN, KERR, LAMB, LIMESTONE, MARION, MARTIN, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MENARD, MILLS, MOTLEY, NOLAN, PECOS, REAGAN, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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59 Texas Burn Bans - 10/16/2017 10:24:07 AM

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ARMSTRONG, BAILEY, BANDERA, BAYLOR, BEXAR, BROOKS, BROWN, CALLAHAN, CASS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, CRANE, CROCKETT, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DIMMIT, DUVAL, EL PASO, ELLIS, FALLS, FREESTONE, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARRISON, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, JOHNSON, KAUFMAN, KERR, LAMB, LIMESTONE, MARION, MARTIN, MCCULLOCH, MCLENNAN, MENARD, MILLS, MOTLEY, NOLAN, PECOS, REAGAN, SCHLEICHER, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, TOM GREEN, UPTON, UVALDE, VAL VERDE, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Reminder: Reward Increased to $8,000 for Most Wanted Sex Offender

State - TX - DPS - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Manuel Muniz, 47, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month's featured fugitive, has been increased to $8,000 for information leading to his capture

Bank Robbery #11

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:25

Case:               17-2860576

Date:                Friday, October 13, 2017

Time:                Approximately 9:20 a.m.

Location:         Chase Bank, 701 E. Stassney Ln.

Narrative:
On Friday, October 13, 2017, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Austin Police officers responded to a bank robbery at the Chase Bank located at 701 E. Stassney Ln. A female suspect entered the bank displaying a black handgun and demanded money. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money.

A witness followed the suspect and called 9-1-1. Officers located the suspect and apprehended her without incident. Both the weapon and the money were recovered. No injuries were reported during the incident.

The Austin Police Department is filing charges for the robbery, and the investigation is still active and ongoing at this time.

This case remains under investigation by APD robbery detectives. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Robbery Tip Line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

 

Run with the Heroes 5K to Honor Fallen Heroes

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:45

The 10th annual Run with the Heroes 5K is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 at 8 a.m. The event, which will be held at Camp Mabry (2200 W. 35th St), honors fallen heroes from fire, EMS and police agencies and their families, in addition to those who protect and serve the Austin-area communities. This year’s honoree is Senior Police Officer Amir Abdul-Khaliq of the Austin Police Department.

“The Run with the Heroes run/walk offers our community and first responders with a unique opportunity to lace up our running and walking shoes in memory of fallen heroes while supporting Central Texas Special Olympians. These exceptional athletes are an inspiration to all who wear a uniform for the dedication, grit and heart they show both in competition and in the way they live their lives each day.” said Brian Manley, APD Chief of Police.

Runners and walkers of all levels are invited to participate in this wonderful event.  Sign-up is available online through race day at https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Austin/RWTH. The early bird registration fee is $25 through October 21, 2017.  Following that date, the fee will increase to $30 from October 22 through November 17, 2017 and to $35 on November 18 and 19.  

Proceeds from the race will benefit Special Olympics Texas.

Run with the Heroes is hosted by the Austin Police Department.

APD seeking the public’s assistance in identifying Robbery suspects

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:38

Case #:       17-2470327

Date:           Monday, September 4, 2017

Time:          Approximately 5:55 a.m.

Location:    7-Eleven, 3848 Airport Blvd.

On Monday, September 4, 2017 at approximately 5:55 a.m., Austin Police officers responded to a Robbery at the 7-Eleven located at 3848 Airport Blvd. The victim told police that two suspects entered the business and threatened him with a weapon while demanding money. The suspects fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries reported. No injuries were reported.

Suspect # 1 is described as:
• Black male
• Approx. early 20’s
• Approx. 5’10”-5’11”
• Average build

Suspect # 1 was last seen wearing:
• Blank pants
• White hoodie with thin horizontal strips

Suspect # 2 is described as:
• Black male
• Approx. early 20’s
• Approx. 5’9”-5’10”
• Tall and thin build

Suspect # 2 was last seen wearing:
• White skull cap
• Plaid shirt around neck     
• White tank top
• Blue jeans

APD’s Robbery Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the suspects in this case. If you have information, please contact the APD Robbery Tip Line at (512) 974-5092 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
  
Suspect Photos below:

Austin Police Department Introducing New Service for Crash Report Purchases

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:33

The City of Austin and the Austin Police Department in partnership with LexisNexis Coplogic Solutions today introduced the Department’s new online tool that allows individuals to easily purchase copies of crash reports online without making a trip down to Police Headquarters.

“This online tool makes purchasing crash reports more convenient for citizens and decreases report request processing times thereby making it easier and faster for citizens to file insurance claims and get vehicle repairs underway,” said Police Chief Brian Manley. He added that, “This will also free up time and resources that we can use to further our community policing efforts.”

The Austin Police Department crash reports are now available through the secure online portal at https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/search?AGENCY=TX2270100 (English) and https://policereports.lexisnexis.com/search/?AGENCY=TX2270100&lang=es (Spanish). In order to purchase and download reports, users will need to enter the state, jurisdiction and two out of three following pieces of information: first and last name of someone involved in the crash, the date and/or the street. The cost of each report is $9.

The crash report portal will also provide the Austin Police Department with crash data analytics that can be used to identify trends to create safer roadways. Police Chief Manley added, “The Austin Police Department Mission Statement is to keep you, your family and our community safe and this new tool gives us one more way to make that happen using additional crash statistics.”

“This eCommerce crash report portal is designed to help the city and Austin Police Department offer secure, online distribution of reports to authorized parties 24/7,” said Roy Marler, Vice President and General Manager of LexisNexis Coplogic Solutions.  “Ultimately, our goal is to help agencies across the country like Austin significantly reduce backlogs, improve response times to assist citizens with resolving their claim faster and improve data accuracy to help government entities maintain more accurate up to date records.”

Arrest made in Roman Candle Aggravated Robbery Cases – UPDATE

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:30

UPDATE: The suspect from the Roman Candle robberies has been arrested. Sean O'Brien, 44, was apprehended at his residence in Lockhart, TX on Saturday, October 7, 2017.

Original Narrative:
APD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted for Aggravated Robbery of four businesses.

The first robbery, 17-2701685, occurred on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The suspect entered the Shell Gas Station located at 7510 N. Mopac Expressway at 10:46 p.m. with a lit roman candle and a hammer.

He approached the clerk and demanded money. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries reported.

He is described as: 
• White male
• 5’9"
• Thin

He was wearing dark clothing and a yellow mask similar to a “Jabbawockeez” style mask with a hood.

The second robbery, 17-2720258, occurred on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 5:25 a.m. at the 7-Eleven located at 3848 Airport Blvd.

The first suspect was seen exiting a car while two other masked suspects remained in the vehicle. The first suspect entered the store with a lit roman candle and hammer and demanded money. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries reported.

He is described as:
• White male
• 5’9"
• Thin

The main suspect was wearing an olive green Adidas jacket with orange stripes, green shirt, dark pants and a yellow mask similar to a “Jabbawockeez” style mask with a hood.

The third incident, 17-2740350, occurred Sunday, October 1, at 3:17 a.m. at the 7-Eleven in the 9200 block of Burnet Rd., and the fourth incident occurred in Travis County at a 7-Eleven in the 6100 block of Bee Caves Rd.

Video of the suspect’s car, a dark blue 2015-17 Hyundai Sonata, with damage to the right rear passenger window, can be found here: https://youtu.be/YC47t_xQNDQ.

This case remains under investigation by APD Robbery detectives. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Two surveillance videos from the 7-Eleven can be seen here:
https://youtu.be/8Qvhu6jcFvE & https://youtu.be/c2ir2aNoInQ
 

Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, Murder Suspect Arrested in New York

State - TX - DPS - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - Reginald Reggie Vernard Campbell, 24, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive, is now in custody after being captured Friday morning in Mt. Vernon, New York

DPS Honors Outstanding Achievements

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - - The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today presented four Lifesaving Awards, one Directors Citation and two Unit Citations to DPS employees

DPS Highlights School Bus Safety Efforts

State - TX - DPS - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 00:00
AUSTIN - In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging Texans to comply with laws prohibiting drivers from passing school buses

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