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52 Texas Burn Bans - 12/12/2018 4:52:05 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - 5 hours 4 min ago
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EL PASO, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARTLEY, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KERR, KINNEY, LA SALLE, LAMPASAS, MARTIN, MASON, MAVERICK, MENARD, MILLS, OLDHAM, REAGAN, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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51 Texas Burn Bans - 12/12/2018 3:53:27 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - 6 hours 5 min ago
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EL PASO, FRIO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARTLEY, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, KERR, LA SALLE, LAMPASAS, MARTIN, MASON, MAVERICK, MENARD, MILLS, OLDHAM, REAGAN, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Delivers Remarks At The Opportunity Austin Investor’s Lunch

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks to business leaders and investors at the Opportunity Austin Investor's Lunch.

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks to business leaders and investors at the Opportunity Austin Investor's Lunch. The Governor’s speech centered on the Texas success story as he highlighted the pro-growth policies that have made the Lone Star State the global economic powerhouse it is today.

"CEO’s continually rank the Lone Star State the best state for business because we understand that when the private sector succeeds, Texas succeeds," said Governor Abbott.
“That is why we have created an environment that keeps taxes low, ensures regulations are predictable and kept in check, and minimizes frivolous lawsuits through sensible litigation reform. This session we have an opportunity to do even more by reining in property taxes and reforming our school finance system, further incentivizing businesses and job creators to invest in Texas.”

Opportunity Austin is a economic development initiative aimed at fostering job-creating investment in the 5-county Central Texas region. Since the inception of Opportunity Austin, business and community leaders have supported and funded this regional economic development program within the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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DPS Releases Texas Gang Threat Assessment

State - TX - DPS - 22 hours 38 min ago
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) released the Texas Gang Threat Assessment, which was developed to provide a broad overview and update of gang activity in Texas

First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses Annual Irving Salvation Army Super Lunch

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 14:03
First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the annual Salvation Army Super Lunch in Irving, where she recognized the Salvation Army for their community outreach programs in Irving, including the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and thanked local citizens and civic and business leaders for their continuing generous donations of volunteer hours and much-needed funding.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the annual Salvation Army Super Lunch in Irving, where she recognized the Salvation Army for their community outreach programs in Irving, including the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, and thanked local citizens and civic and business leaders for their continuing generous donations of volunteer hours and much-needed funding. The First Lady also spoke about her signature Texanthropy initiative and the importance of volunteer service in Texas.

“I believe that we are each called to serve,” said First Lady Abbott. “That’s why my top priority is encouraging Texans to give back through volunteerism and service. That service may simply be sharing a warm smile or a warm meal. That service may be sharing a few extra hours or a few extra dollars. But that service is such a meaningful gift.

“The boys and girls you help today are the difference makers of tomorrow. The Governor and I wish that all of the children of Texas have that chance to make a difference. With the good works of the Salvation Army and your generous support, we can make that happen.

Learn more about First Lady Cecilia Abbott's Texanthropy initiative.

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DPS Launches Texas Highway Patrol Social Media Accounts

State - TX - DPS - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced the launch of new social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) for the Texas Highway Patrol (THP)

Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender from Navarro County

State - TX - DPS - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 00:00
AUSTIN - The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Pete Jerry Luna, 52, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward of up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture

48 Texas Burn Bans - 12/10/2018 4:59:47 PM

Texas - Burn Bans by County - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 18:31
ARMSTRONG, BAYLOR, BREWSTER, BRISCOE, BROOKS, CASTRO, CHILDRESS, COCHRAN, COLEMAN, COMANCHE, CRANE, CROSBY, CULBERSON, DALLAM, DIMMIT, DONLEY, EL PASO, GARZA, GLASSCOCK, HARTLEY, HOCKLEY, HOWARD, HUDSPETH, JEFF DAVIS, JIM HOGG, LA SALLE, LAMPASAS, MARTIN, MAVERICK, MENARD, MILLS, OLDHAM, REAGAN, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO, STARR, STEPHENS, SUTTON, TERRELL, THROCKMORTON, UPTON, WARD, WILLACY, WINKLER, WISE, YOAKUM, ZAPATA, ZAVALA
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Governor Abbott Participates In Fireside Chat At U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee Meeting

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 09:55
Governor Greg Abbott today participated in a Fireside Chat at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 Meeting (CCC100) in Austin. The Governor and CCC100 Chairman Matt Shay discussed the importance of workforce development and the strategies behind Texas’ continued economic success.

Governor Greg Abbott today participated in a Fireside Chat at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 Meeting (CCC100) in Austin. The Governor and CCC100 Chairman Matt Shay discussed the importance of workforce development and the strategies behind Texas’ continued economic success.

“CEOs and business leaders continue to invest in Texas because of our high quality workforce and our commitment low taxes and reasonable regulations,” said Governor Abbott. “However, as the global marketplace shifts to a 21st century economy, Texas must focus on the future. That is why the Lone Star State will continue to diversify its economy and invest in our workforce to ensure we remain a global powerhouse.”

The Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 is comprised of chamber executives from across the country that represent the various perspectives of chambers and their members. Twice a year, CCC100 members come together for an exclusive meeting to address issues facing local and regional chambers.

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APD seeks assistance in identifying second subject in injury to elderly case

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:39

Case:               18-3140754
 
Date:                November 10, 2018
 
Time:               11:51 a.m.
 
Location:         1600 block S. Pleasant Valley Rd.
 
Arrested:         Benjamin Paul-Jordan Weir, White male, 32 years of age
 
Austin police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a second suspect in an injury to an elderly case that occurred on November 10, 2018. Several subjects from Defend our Hoodz were protesting an art exhibit in the 1600 block of S. Pleasant Valley Rd. around 11:51 a.m. The victim, a 68-year-old male, left the exhibit and the subjects surrounded him on the sidewalk. The first suspect, Benjamin Paul-Jordan Weir, was arrested on scene for assaulting the elderly male.
 
After reviewing the below video, it appears that a second subject is involved in the assault. https://youtu.be/5jmzp8svYIA
 
Suspect #2 photos:

    

     
 
Benjamin Paul-Jordan Weir booking photo:

The APD Child Abuse Unit, which also handles injury to elderly cases, needs the public’s assistance in identifying this subject. Please call Crime Stoppers or the APD Child Abuse Unit at 512-974-6880. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 

Governor Abbott Appoints Massey To Aerospace And Aviation Advisory Committee

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 11:43
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shannon Massey to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Shannon Massey to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2021. The committee assists in the state’s economic development efforts to recruit and retain aerospace and aviation jobs and investments in Texas.

Shannon Massey of Canyon is vice president of assembly operations for Bell, which includes the company’s commercial and military aircraft delivery center in Amarillo. Shannon is a board member of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, co-chair for the West Texas A&M University Path to 125 intellectual resources committee, and a board member of the United Way of Amarillo and Canyon. Additionally, she is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, American Helicopter Society, American Chemical Society, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Massey received a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center In Response To Severe Weather In Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 08:37
Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as severe weather such as flooding, and winter weather, including snow and ice, are expected to impact parts of the state over the next few days.

Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to elevate its readiness level as severe weather such as flooding, and winter weather, including snow and ice, are expected to impact parts of the state over the next few days. The SOC increased its readiness level from level IV (normal conditions) to level III (increased readiness) at 8 a.m. this morning, and Governor Abbott has made state resources available to assist local officials in their response efforts.

“As severe weather approaches, it is imperative that Texans heed all warnings from first responders and local officials,” said Governor Abbott. “I encourage all Texans to stay alert to potentially hazardous road conditions and changing weather patterns. Texas is prepared to respond and offer the necessary assistance to local communities as they deal with the impact of this storm.”

State and partner agencies engaged in this effort include:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service - TX-TF 1
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas
  • State Mass Care

For safety tips related to thunderstorms and flooding, visit http://dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/weather_aware_severe.htm

For safety tips regarding winter weather preparedness, visit http://www.dps.texas.gov/dem/ThreatAwareness/winterstorm.htm

As a reminder, during the winter season, residents can contact 2-1-1 Texas, the state’s free 24-hour helpline, to check on possible community-established warming centers or related services in their area. No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1 or 877-541-7905 for community resources.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Three To Texas Board Of Professional Engineers

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 11:06
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ademola “Peter” Adejokun, Rolando Rubiano, and Kiran Shah to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for terms set to expire on September 26, 2023.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ademola “Peter” Adejokun, Rolando Rubiano, and Kiran Shah to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers for terms set to expire on September 26, 2023. The board licenses qualified engineers and regulates the practice of professional engineering.

Ademola “Peter” Adejokun of Arlington is a software engineer with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, and is a licensed professional engineer and a certified Project Management Professional. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery and a member of the Project Management Institute, The International Council on Systems Engineering, and the InfraGard National Infrastructure Protection Program. He has served on the National Council of Examiners of Engineering and Surveyors Software Engineering PE Licensure Exam Committee, and currently serves on The University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering Department Industry Advisory Board and the City of Arlington’s Zoning Board of Adjustments. Ademola received a Bachelor of Science in computer science engineering and a Bachelor of Science in physics from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Rolando Rubiano of Harlingen is the principal engineer and senior partner of Green, Rubiano & Associates, Inc. He is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Concrete Institute. He served on the Texas Industrialized Building Code Council from 2008 to 2018, and served as chair from 2014 to 2017. He is a member of the Valley International Airport Board of Directors and the City of Harlingen Audit Committee and past president of his local chapter of American Concrete Institute. Additionally, he is a former member of the 2008 Governor’s Committee for Disaster Recovery and Renewal and the Diocesan School Advisory Council for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville, past president of St. Anthony Catholic School Council, and past advisory committee chair at Texas State Technical College. Rubiano received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.

Kiran Shah of Richmond is an independent owner and operator of multiple national hotel franchises. He is a member of the Hotel and Lodging Association of Houston and a former member of the Texas Board of Licensure for Professional Medical Physicists. He is a former ambassador and current member of the government affairs committee of the Asian American Hotel Owners’ Association and former commissioner of the Houston Clean City Commission. Additionally, he serves on the board of the India Culture Center of Houston, and he is the past vice chair of the Sardar Patel Cultural Club and past secretary of the Gujarati Samaj of Houston. Shah received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the M.S. University of Baroda, India and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Gujarat, India.

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First Lady Cecilia Abbott Addresses Schwab Community Ambassador Leadership Summit

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 17:46
First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the Charles Schwab & Co. Community Ambassador Leadership Summit in Austin, where she welcomed Schwab Community Ambassadors from around the nation and recognized the more than 50,000 hours of volunteer service they contributed to their communities this year.

First Lady Cecilia Abbott today attended the Charles Schwab & Co. Community Ambassador Leadership Summit in Austin, where she welcomed Schwab Community Ambassadors from around the nation and recognized the more than 50,000 hours of volunteer service they contributed to their communities this year. The First Lady also spoke about her signature Texanthropy initiative and the importance of corporate community engagement and volunteer service in Texas.

“We all have gifts to share,” said First Lady Abbott. “That’s why my top priority is encouraging Texans to give back through volunteerism and service. Through my travels, I have met so many individuals, organizations, and businesses like yours who are so willing to give their time, talent or treasure to help their communities. My hope is that your leadership inspires others to answer the call to serve, to volunteer, and give back—each in their own way.”

Read more about First Lady Cecilia Abbott's Texanthropy Initiative.

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Traffic Fatality #71

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:17

Case:           18-3350146

Date:            December 1, 2018

Time:            1:28 a.m.

Location:      900 Springdale Road

Deceased:    Billy Jack Dickey, White male, D.O.B. 11/30/1955
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Billy Jack Dickey was struck by a motor vehicle in the 900 block of Springdale Road. Dickey was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle failed to remain on scene.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s 71st fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 72 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 64 fatal traffic crashes and 69 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Traffic Fatality #70

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:15

Case:           18-3331578

Date:            November 29, 2018

Time:            7:47 p.m.

Location:      Research Blvd SVRD SB/McCann Drive

Deceased:    Matthew Lutomski, White male, D.O.B. 08/25/1994
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Mathew Lutomski was driving a 2008 Subaru southbound on Research Blvd when he exited on to the service road just north of McCann Drive. Lutomski appears to have lost control of the vehicle, striking a metal utility pole on the driver’s side. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s 70th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 71 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 64 fatal traffic crashes and 69 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Traffic Fatality #69

Austin (TX) Police - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 12:13

Case:           18-3310794

Date:            November 27, 2018

Time:            1:46 p.m.

Location:     7500 N IH-35 NB

Deceased:    Christopher Brown, Black male, D.O.B. 12/12/1977
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Christopher Brown attempted to cross IH-35 on foot from east to west while evading police following a robbery at a nearby convenience store. Mr. Brown jumped over a concrete barrier to cross the heavily-traveled roadway. As he entered the center lane, Brown ran into the rear portion of a passing 18-wheeler. Christopher Brown was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he succumbed to his injuries.
 
The driver of the 18-wheeler was unaware of the impact and no charges are expected to be filed.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s 69th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 70 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 64 fatal traffic crashes and 69 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Governor Abbott Announces The Professional Golfers’ Association Of America’s Headquarters Is Relocating To Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 17:35
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (The PGA of America) will relocate its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Frisco, Texas, bringing $30 million in capital investment and a minimum of 100 new jobs to the state of Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (The PGA of America) will relocate its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Frisco, Texas, bringing $30 million in capital investment and a minimum of 100 new jobs to the state of Texas. Founded in 1916, The PGA of America is an organization of professional golfers with over 29,000 members. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of up to $1,500,000 has been extended to The PGA of America.

“For years, the PGA of America has served its membership all across the nation where they engage their local communities, and help to raise over $4 billion annually,” said Governor Abbott. “The decision to relocate their headquarters to Texas because of our business-friendly climate is a welcome one. I thank the PGA of America for the new jobs and investment that they will bring to the City of Frisco, wish them continued success, and welcome them to the Lone Star State, the home of champions.”

“The PGA of America is very proud to call Frisco our new home,” said CEO Seth Waugh. “We welcome the opportunity to develop friendships and partnerships with the community and its residents, as well as across North Texas and throughout the state. We are grateful to the City of Frisco, the State of Texas and Omni Stillwater Woods for embracing our vision of creating a transformational headquarters that, together with our world-class partners, helps us advance our mission of serving our nearly 29,000 PGA Golf Professionals and growing the game.”

“Today is both historic and transformational for the City of Frisco,” said Mayor Jeff Cheney. “Not only will this signature development change the future of Frisco’s northern landscape, it will transform the sport, growing a new generation of pros, fans and golf enthusiasts. As Sports City, USA, we’re thrilled to partner with another world class brand like PGA of America. We’re also honored Omni is, once again, committing such a huge investment in our community, recognizing the potential to grow entertainment, tourism and economic development in one of the fastest growing cities in America.” 

Under Governor Abbott’s leadership, the Texas Enterprise Fund helped to close the deal on 29 projects in 2015-2018 that committed over $853 million in new capital investments and more than 16,500 new direct jobs all across the state, from Amarillo to the Rio Grande Valley and communities in between. The TEF also serves as a jobs multiplier, supporting thousands more indirect jobs at existing local and small businesses. The $70 million invested in job creation during Governor Abbott’s administration also helped close the deal on eight corporate headquarter relocations to Texas. Administered by the Economic Development and Tourism Division within the Office of the Governor, the Texas Enterprise Fund helps to strengthen the state’s already diverse and growing economy and attract new jobs to communities across the state.

View more information about the PGA of America.

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Bank Robbery #23

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 14:24

Case:       18-3350809

Date:        Saturday, December 1, 2018

Time:       11:35 a.m.

Location:  Wells Fargo Bank – 3216 West Braker Ln.
 
The Austin Police Department (APD) Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Saturday, December 1, around 11:35 a.m., at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 3216 West Braker Lane. The suspect approached the teller and passed a note, demanding money before leaving the scene in a white SUV. No injuries were reported during the robbery.

APD is asking for the public's assistance in identifying this suspect. A photo and description are provided below.

Suspect described as:

  • White male
  • 20 to 30 years old
  • 6’ 0” to 6’3” tall
  • Red, swollen hands

Suspect Photos:
    

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 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.
 

Bank Robbery #22

Austin (TX) Police - Tue, 12/04/2018 - 14:23

Case:       18-3340872

Date:        Friday, November 30, 2018

Time:       12:05 p.m.

Location:  Wells Fargo Bank – 8045 Mesa Drive
 
The Austin Police Department (APD) Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Friday, November 30, 2018, around 12:05 p.m., at the Wells Fargo Bank located at 8045 Mesa Dr. The suspect approached the teller and passed a note, demanding money before leaving on foot. No injuries were reported during the robbery.

APD is asking for the public's assistance in identifying this suspect. A photo and description are provided below.

Suspect described as:

  • White male
  • 20 to 30 years old
  • 6’ 0” to 6’3” tall
  • Red, swollen hands

Suspect Photos:

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 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.
 

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