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APD is seeking the public's assistance in identifying a person of interest

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:09

Over the past few weeks there have been several attacks against specific members of our community.

  • August 29, 2018 at approximately 9:43 p.m.: A person of interest is seen on video at the mosque located at 11900 N. Lamar Blvd., but no criminal mischief committed.
  • September 2, 2018 at approximately 1:24 a.m.: There were four tires slashed on a vehicle belonging to a member of the mosque. The vandalism was reported by phone later that morning. Case #18-5034388
  • September 2, 2018 at approximately 1:27 a.m.: During the preceding event, the front doors located on the east side of mosque were shattered as were doors and windows on the south side of the mosque. The person of interest is seen on video, but not committing damage. Case #18-2450156
  • September 13, 2018 at approximately 1:43 a.m.: There were two tires slashed on a vehicle belonging to the mosque's security guard and two tires slashed on a van belonging to the mosque. A building window appeared to be cracked from an attempted entry. Case #18-2560109
  • September 17, 2018 at approximately 2:08 a.m.: The front doors of the New Madina Market located at 9200 N. Lamar were broken. The person of interest seen on video appears to be the same person captured on video at the mosque on August 29, 2018. Case #18-2600063

APD Chief Manley offered the following regarding this series of incidents:
"The Austin Police Department takes these crimes very seriously. Anytime a specific group is targeted or attacked in our community, our entire community is being targeted or attacked. As your police chief, these types of crimes will not be tolerated. The Austin Police Department has increased patrols at various locations and is employing covert tactics in an attempt to identify and arrest the suspect(s). We will continue to aggressively investigate this case until the suspect(s) has/have been arrested.”

If you have any information regarding these crimes please contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or APD Detective Jason Greve at (512) 974-5543. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Remember, Austin is Safer Together. If you see something, say something.
  

Traffic Fatality #51

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:55

Case:            18-2541731

Date:             Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

Time:             10:29 p.m.

Location:      1800 E. SH 71, westbound

Deceased:     Ramon Javier Pesina, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 4-24-72)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian attempted to cross a high-speed roadway from northbound to southbound. A 2018, red, Dodge Durango was traveling westbound and struck the pedestrian in the roadway. The pedestrian, Ramon Javier Pesina, was pronounced deceased at the scene at 10:41 p.m. The driver of the Durango remained at the scene and there were no signs of impairment.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD 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 fifty-first fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty-two fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-six fatal traffic crashes and forty-eight traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Murder #25

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 13:39

Case:           18-2541045
 
Date:            Tuesday, September 11, 2018
 
Time:            2:57 p.m.

Location:      1500 E. Parmer Lane 
 
Deceased:    Joshua Hardesty, White male, (D.O.B. 12-21-91)
  
On Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at approximately 2:57 p.m., Austin 911 received multiple calls reporting shots fired at the apartment complex located at 1500 E. Parmer Lane. Callers also described seeing a man lying in the parking lot. Upon arrival, officers located Joshua Hardesty with obvious traumatic injury. Austin-Travis County EMS also responded to the scene. Joshua Hardesty was pronounced deceased at 3:09 p.m. by the Travis County Medical Examiner. A white dog believed to belong to Hardesty remained with him until picked up by animal protection officers.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy this morning and ruled the incident a homicide.
 
Based on the current evidence, investigators believe there may be multiple individuals involved in this crime and urge anyone with any additional information to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homcide.apd@austintexas.gov. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.

2010 Homicide Cold Case - Samuel C. Jones

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:46
Release Date: September 11, 2018

2010-0910744

Murder

Victim:  Samuel C. Jones, black male, 55 years of age                                                                                               

Reported date of death: March 27, 2010

Location:  909 Reinli St., Austin, Texas

Circumstances:  Austin Police Officers responded to the apartment complex at 909 Reinli St. on a check welfare call. Upon arrival, officers discovered the decomposed body of a male, later identified as Samuel Jones. The victim sustained a gunshot wound. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled this death a homicide. 

Description of area:  This location is an established apartment complex. 

Victimology:  The victim was born in Ohio and served in the U.S. Military. He was also known to have used alcohol and drugs. 

Crime Scene:  The victim was found deceased in his apartment at 909 Reinli St. and died from an apparent gunshot wound. 

Suspect(s):  Witnesses told Homicide detectives they heard a gunshot at approximately 3 a.m. Two black male subjects were seen running away from the victim’s apartment.  

Vehicle(s):  A witness stated he saw a “busted up” Monte Carlo leave the apartment complex. 

Investigation:  Austin Police Homicide detectives interviewed witnesses and the victim’s estranged wife, Christine Jones. The estranged wife and the victim had a strained marriage due to drug and alcohol issues. She was with the victim the night before he is believed to have been murdered. It is believed Christine Jones may have more knowledge about this crime. 

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information concerning this case to please contact the APD Homicide Cold Case Unit at (512) 974-5270 or Crimestoppers at (512) 472-TIPS. The Homicide Cold Case Unit can also be contacted by email.

 

2008 Homicide Cold Case - Luis Juarez Jaimes-Rico

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:42
Release Date: September 11, 2018

2008-2100104

Murder

Victim:  Luis Juarez Jaimes Rico, Hispanic male, 21 years of age

Reported date of death:  July 28, 2008

Time of incident:  1:09 a.m.

Location:  1900 E. Riverside Dr., La Rumba Night Club., Austin, Texas (insert Google Earth map of this area)

Circumstances:  Austin Police officers responded to a disturbance that began inside La Rumba Night Club that resulted in the stabbing death of Luis Juarez Jaimes Rico.  Rico was 21 years of age at the time of his death.  Rico was transported to Brackenridge Hospital where is was later pronounced dead.  The Travis County Medical Examiner has ruled Rico’s death a homicide. 

Description of area and history:  La Rumba Night Club was primarily known as a Hispanic night club.  The area surrounding the night club consisted of various businesses and apartment complexes. 

Victimology:  21 year old Mexican immigrant. 

Crime scene:  Disturbance began inside the night club with victim and unknown Hispanic male, The victim initially sustained a non life threatening injury.  The victim and female companion left the night club and walked to their vehicle where the suspect confronted the victim and stabbed him. 

Suspect(s):  The witness to the stabbing described the suspect as a Hispanic male, with a bald fade haircut, between the ages of 26-30 years.

Vehicle (s):  An Austin Police officer who responded to the stabbing location, observed a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed.  The description of the vehicle was a Blue Kia Spectra, four door. 

Investigation:  Austin Police Homicide detectives interviewed witnesses and patrons of the night club on the night of the murder and conducted follow ups. A witness to the disturbance inside the bar stated she was familiar with the suspect(s) but detectives believed she was not completely truthful.  It is believed that this female knows more about the incident than she was willing to reveal to detectives. The female was taken before a Travis County Grand Jury which was not productive.  It is believed Rhonda Martinez may know the identity of the suspect(s) involved in the disturbance with the victim on the night of the murder.  A press conference was given by Austin Police, including on the Spanish language station, Univision. (insert video here).

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information concerning this case to please contact the APD Homicide Cold Case Unit at (512) 974-5270 or Crimestoppers at (512) 472-8477.

The Homicide Cold Case Unit can also be contacted by email.

 

2006 Homicide Cold Case - Loretta Lynn Roberts

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 14:06
Release Date: September 11, 2018

Murder: 2006-2050723

Victim:  Loretta Lynn Roberts, White female, 37 years of age

Reported:  July 24, 2006

Time:  10:50 a.m.

Location:  100 block Bastrop Hwy/SB, Austin, Texas 

Austin Police officers responded to the 100 block of Bastrop Highway soutbound after hearing of a bad odor coming from a backyard and discovered a deceased body. The woman was identified as Loretta Lynn Roberts, 37 years of age. The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled Robert's death a homicide.

Description of area and history:

The area is an overgrown grassy area off Bastrop Highway and is in close proximity to the Montopolis neighborhood. At the time, this particular area was a known place where individuals would go to use drugs and commit acts of prostitution. 

Victimology: The victim was a transient, known drug user and prostitute who mostly frequented the Rundberg Ln/IH 35 area. Loretta Roberts was survived by two daughters, Miranda Pastor and Tamara Petronis. The victim was from Lee, Florida.

Crime Scene:

The area was an open field with overgrown grass and scattered debris. The area sits off the main highway and is a dead end street. Robert's decomposed and mummified body was discovered at said location. Roberts was wearing a white cross (on chain) around her neck and silver rings on her fingers. It appeared the victim was placed at this location and this may have been a secondary crime scene.

Investigation:

On July 11, 2006 at 11:27 p.m., the victim was stopped by Austin Police at Rundberg Ln. and IH 35 with a known Black male and issued citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Homicide detective assigned to the case was able to confirm this was the last known documented citing of the victim. The victim was last seen wearing a blue tank top, blue shorts, white flip flops, white cross and pink fanny pack around her waist (as shown in the photograph to the left). As the investigation progressed, numerous tips and information was received. Some of the information received was that Roberts was known to hang out in the area of Rundberg Ln. and IH 35. 

Further investigation determined that several known clients were said to have been aggressive with Roberts and with some of the prostitutes working the Rundberg Ln. area. 

This homicide was featured as a crime of the week on local news channels. Flyers were passed out and posters were distributed to generate leads. The case has been ruled a homicide; however, investigators speculate certain evidence could possibly be considered that Robert's death was accidental. 

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information concerning this case to please contact the APD Homicide Cold Case Unit at (512) 974-5270 or Crimestoppers at (512) 472-8477. The Homicide Cold Case Unit can also be contacted by email.  

 

2011 Homicide Cold Case - David Max Tucker

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 13:50
Release Date: September 11, 2018

2011-3260448 - Murder

Victim:  David Max Tucker, white male, 54 years of age.

Reported date of death:  November 22, 2011

Location:  110 E. Riverside Dr., Austin, Texas

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Circumstances: On November 22, 2011 at approximately 7:52 a.m., Austin Police officers responded to a check welfare call at 110 E. Riverside Dr. A White male subject was found unresponsive behind the La Bare nightclub. The victim suffered blunt force trauma and the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled this death a homicide.

Description of area:  In 2011, the area of E. Riverside and S. Congress Ave. consisted of several businesses at this intersection such as the La Bare nightclub, Wells Fargo bank, a liquor store and TXDOT. The area was and is known for heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Victimology:  David Max Tucker was a transient who lived and frequented this area. He was 54 years old at the time of death and known to have abused alcohol. He was previously married and had an adult daughter. He was known to have his camp behind the Homestead Hotel located at S. 1St St. and Barton Springs Rd. David Max Tucker had been using crutches because he had suffered two broken hips prior to his death. 

Crime Scene:  David Max Tucker was found deceased on the west side of the Labare nightclub, located at 110 E. Riverside Dr.

Suspect(s):  unknown

Vehicle(s):  unknown

Investigation:  Austin Police Homicide detectives canvassed and interviewed several people, including homeless people who knew David Max Tucker. The victim was known to have stayed at the Howard Johnson Hotel, 2711 S. IH35, one week prior to his death but his campsite was behind the Homestead Hotel located at S.1st St and Barton Springs Rd. 

The homeless population in Austin, Texas has always been large in scope and has increased as the years have passed. They are vulnerable to several conditions such as weather, health and mental issues, poverty and crime. 

Austin ECHO is committed to ending homeless and the following is their current analysis:

http://www.austinecho.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/170901-Austin-Homelessness-Needs-Gaps-Analysis-2017.pdf

Homicide investigators are asking anyone with information concerning this case to please contact the APD Homicide Cold Case Unit at (512) 974-5270 or Crimestoppers at (512) 472-8477.  The Homicide Cold Case Unit can also be contacted by e-mail at APDColdCaseMissingPersons@austintexas.gov.

 

Traffic Fatality #50

Thu, 09/06/2018 - 13:55

Case:            18-2300199

Date:             Saturday, August 18, 2018

Time:             2:32 a.m.

Location:      700 N. IH 35 southbound frontage rd.   

Deceased:     Deemora Benson, Black female (D.O.B. 4-13-99)
 
Arrested:      Felipe Hernandez, Hispanic male (21 years of age)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian ran into the roadway after being asked if she could run fast in high heels. A 2007, maroon, GMC Yukon, traveling southbound on the frontage rd. of IH 35, approaching 7th St. struck the pedestrian, in the left lane. The Yukon left the scene but returned a short time later. The pedestrian was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas for emergency medical care. Officers arrested the driver of the Yukon and charged him with fail to stop and render aid.
 
The pedestrian, Deemora Benson, died as a result of her injuries on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8544. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s forty-ninth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-one fatal traffic crashes and forty-three traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Booking Photo of Felipe Hernandez:

Traffic Fatality #49

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 14:08

Case:           18-2451655

Date:            September 2, 2018

Time:            10:12 p.m.

Location:      4200 S. Lamar Blvd.  

Deceased:    Unidentified male
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a silver, 2011 Toyota Corolla was traveling southbound in the 4200 block of S. Lamar Blvd. when a pedestrian ran in front of the vehicle. The pedestrian was running eastbound across S. Lamar from the Brodie Oaks shopping center, not within the crosswalk. The pedestrian was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he died a short time later. 

The driver of the Toyota Corolla stayed at the scene cooperated. No charges are expected at this time. 
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s forty-ninth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in fifty fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-one fatal traffic crashes and forty-three 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 #48

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:58

Case:           18-2450389

Date:            September 2, 2018

Time:            4:21 a.m.

Location:     12200 Dessau Rd.

Deceased:    Michael Anthony Reed-Harper, Black male (D.O.B. 6-16-78)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that patrol officers were dispatched to the 12200 block of Dessau Rd. in reference to a person down in the roadway. They located a deceased male in the road with obvious traumatic injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s forty-eighth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in forty-nine fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-one fatal traffic crashes and forty-three traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Austin Police Department hiring for 2019 Police Academy

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:56

The Austin Police Department Recruiting Division is now accepting applications for the 2019 regular Police Academy. Prior law enforcement experience is not required. Graduates of the police academy will serve as patrol officers in Austin and can later join one of over 50 specialized units within the department, such as SWAT or Lake Patrol.

Applicants must meet four minimum requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen (by birth or naturalized)    
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 20.5 but younger than 46 years of age when applying

The link to apply can be found on the APD Recruiting website (www.APDRecruiting.org). Recruiting staff can be contacted at APDRecruiting@austintexas.gov or (512) 974-4211 for more information. You can also follow the Recruiting Unit on social media - @JoinAPD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Applications will be accepted until Monday, December 17, 2018.    

Murder #24

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 14:06

Case:          18-2440440
 
Date:           Saturday, September 1, 2018
 
Time:           7:37 a.m.

Location:     1300 block E. 52nd St. 
 
Deceased:   Cheryl D. Murray, Black female, (D.O.B. 11-22-65)
 
Arrested:     Edgar J. Vega Rubi, Hispanic male, 19 years of age
 
On Saturday, September 1, 2018, Austin 911 received a call of a person down in a parking lot in the 1300 Block of E. 52nd St. Upon arrival, Austin police officers located Cheryl Murray lying in a parking lot with obvious trauma to her body. Austin-Travis County EMS also arrived and attempted resuscitation efforts. Murray was pronounced deceased at 7:44 a.m. 
 
Homicide detectives arrived and began their investigation.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy. The cause of death was the result of trauma to the body. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
 
Detectives were able to secure video footage at the intersection of E. 52nd and Cameron Rd. At approximately 3:07 a.m., Cheryl Murray is observed approaching a vehicle that had parked near the intersection. The vehicle, driven by a male, had a distinctive paint pattern. Murray approached the vehicle, spoke to the male and then got into the passenger side.  The vehicle then drove east on E. 52nd toward the dead end. Approximately 20 minutes later, the vehicle was seen driving with its headlamps off, westbound on E. 52nd toward Cameron Rd.
 
On September 3, 2018, the two detectives assigned to the case canvassed the area and located a vehicle matching the one in the video, in the 9900 block of Quail Blvd. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force was called to establish surveillance. A male was seen getting into the vehicle and driving away. A traffic stop was initiated and the was brought to the Homicide office where he later admitted to the murder. 
 

Murder #23

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 14:04

Case:          18-2381288
 
Date:           Sunday, August 26, 2018
 
Time:           6:21 p.m.
 
Location:    7500 block S. IH-35 NB Frontage (woods)
 
Deceased:   Harold Maurice Parham, W/M, born 08-31-1951
 
On Sunday, August 26, at approximately 6:21 p.m., the Austin Fire Department (AFD) responded to smoke showing in the woods in the 7500 block of S. IH-35 along the northbound frontage road.  When firefighters arrived, they observed a homeless camp ablaze with a deceased male within the fire.
 
Austin Police Department’s Homicide Unit, AFD Arson and Travis County Medical Examiner investigative personnel responded to the scene. An autopsy was conducted the following day, they were able to identify Harold Parham through fingerprints. The Medical Examiner determined that Parham died as the result of trauma to the body, the manner of death being homicide.  
 
Homicide Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, 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.

Your tip may be anonymous. Crime Stopper is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
 

2018 Labor Day No Refusal Stats

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 09:50

The 2018 Labor Day No Refusal initiative has concluded. This initiative was conducted from August 17 thru September 3, 2018 and ran daily from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. During this period, 210 arrests were made for driving while intoxicated offenses:

 
Total DWI arrests during No Refusal period = 210
 
Blood Search Warrants:          110
Consent Breath Samples:        63
Consent Blood Samples:         37
 
Of those arrests, the following number had enhanced DWI charges:
           
Consent Breath Samples over .15=                       34
Class A Misd DWI (with prior conviction) =             14
Felony DWI (2 or more prior convictions) =            15
Felony DWI Child Passenger =                                8
 
The Austin Police Department is continuously focused on preventing lives from being lost on the streets, highways and waterways of Austin. The Department is dedicated to making the roadways and waterways of Austin safe for residents and visitors through education and enforcement. 
 

Labor Day Weekend Personal Watercraft Ban on Lake Austin

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 08:27

The Austin Police Department Parks and Lake Patrol Unit will prohibit the use and operation of personal watercraft, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices on Lake Austin beginning at sunset on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 and ending on Sept. 4, 2018 at sunrise. Non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards can still be used.
 
The annual ban of personal watercraft is necessary to ensure the safety of the large number of people that make use of the lake and parks over the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. This ban only applies to Lake Austin. 
 
Police will be patrolling Lake Austin this weekend and urge people using waterways to follow the Texas Water Safety Act and City of Austin boating laws and ordinances. Police urge all boaters to practice safe boating and to call 9-1-1 for all reckless operation of boats or emergencies.
 
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Austin Police Department want the public to enjoy the parks and lakes but urge people to make this a safe holiday. For more information, contact the APD Lake Patrol Unit at 512-329-8841.
 
City Ordinance:  8-5-81 WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN.
 
     (A)     A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin:
          (1)     from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day;
          (2)     from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or
          (3)     from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.
 
     (B)     A person operating a motorboat on Lake Austin shall stay on the right side of the lake, except when assisting a downed water skier.
 
     (C)     A person may not operate a watercraft on Lake Austin at a speed that is greater than reasonable and prudent under the existing circumstances.
 
Source:  1992 Code Section 14-2-1; Ord. 031009-11; Ord. 031211-11.

Traffic Fatality #47

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:45

Case:           18-2330203

Date:            August 21, 2018

Time:            6:01 a.m.

Location:      10700 block of N. IH-35 Northbound

Deceased:    Kendall Taylor Dezelle, White female (D.O.B. 7-12-95)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a white, 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer was traveling northbound in the 10700 block of N. IH-35 when the vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons and began to roll. The driver, Kendall Taylor Dezelle, and her passenger were ejected. They were both transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas – Seton Healthcare where the driver died on August 27, 2018.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-3761. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s forty-seventh fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in forty-eight fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-one fatal traffic crashes and forty-three 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 #46

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:41

Case:           18-2271613

Date:            August 15, 2018

Time:            8:17 p.m.

Location:     6900 Guadalupe Street

Deceased:   Thomas Edward Craig, White male (D.O.B. 1-12-55)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2018, silver Mitsubishi was traveling northbound in the 6900 block of Guadalupe Street when the driver collided with a pedestrian, Thomas Edward Craig, just north of the Kenniston Drive intersection. Mr. Craig was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas – Seton Healthcare where he succumbed to his injuries on August 24, 2018. The driver of the vehicle remained on scene.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-3761. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s forty-sixth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in forty-seven fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-one fatal traffic crashes and forty-three 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 #45

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:40

Case:           18-2370139

Date:            August 25, 2018

Time:            1:24 a.m.

Location:     1500 block of E. SH 71 eastbound

Deceased:    Juvenal Rubio Martinez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 1-7-97)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2004 green Ford Explorer Sport Trac was traveling eastbound in the 1500 block of E. SH 71. The driver lost control, causing the vehicle to roll. The passenger in the vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the vehicle was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-3761. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s forty-fifth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in forty-six fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty-one traffic crashes and forty-three 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 #44

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 14:39

Case:           18-2341687

Date:            August 22, 2018

Time:            8:50 p.m.

Location:      N IH 35 SB frontage road and U.S. 290 EB service road

Deceased:    Brianna Nicole Polzine, White female (10-28-93)
 
Arrested:     Justin Dakota Ayers, White male (26 years of age)
  
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2004, white Acura TL was traveling southbound on the N. IH 35 southbound frontage road in the outside lane. The driver of the Acura ran the red light at the U.S. 290 eastbound service road. A 2009 black, Nissan Altima was traveling eastbound on the U.S. 290 eastbound service road in the inside lane. The Altima collided with the front right side of the Acura causing the Acura to then strike a 3rd vehicle, a 2016 white Ford Fusion.
 
The female passenger in the Acura was pronounced deceased at the scene. The drivers of the Altima and Fusion were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
 
The driver of the Acura, Justin Dakota Ayers, has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • intoxication manslaughter
  • intoxication assault
  • fail to stop and render aid

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-3761. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s forty-fourth fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in forty-five fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were forty fatal traffic crashes and forty-two traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Booking photo of Justin Ayers

APD 139th Graduation Ceremony

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:13

The Austin Police Department will graduate 40 cadets at 2 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018. The commencement ceremony for the 139th cadet class will take place at Great Hills Baptist Church, 10500 Jollyville Rd, Austin Tx 78759.

The graduates will be commissioned during the ceremony. They successfully completed a demanding 30-week training program. Their training included legal issues, driving, crisis intervention training, community policing, leadership, defensive tactics and physical fitness.
 
Starting at noon, Chief of Police Brian Manley will conduct an inspection of the cadet class prior to the graduation ceremony. During the ceremony, he will administer the Oath of Office to the cadets. Awards will be presented, including Honor Cadet and Humanitarian Award. 
 

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