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Murder #21 Shooting incidents UPDATE

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 16:48

Charles Curry has been arrested after shooting at multiple individuals within approximately a 40-minute period on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. A warrant for the murder of Christian Meroney will be issued later today.  
 
Narrative:
On Monday, July 9, 2018, Austin 9-1-1 received a call of shots fired at the Post South Lamar apartments. Upon arrival, Austin police officers located Christian Meroney with obvious trauma to this body. Witnesses were attending to him. Officers joined the life saving measures until Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene. Despite everyone’s efforts, Meroney succumbed to the trauma and was pronounced deceased on scene at 1:56 p.m.
 
Homicide detectives arrived and began their investigation. Witnesses were located and interviewed. Evidence left behind at the scene was collected and was processed in hopes of identifying the suspect.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the manner of death a homicide. Christian Meroney died from a gunshot wound.
 
On Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at approximately 2:07 p.m. APD responded to a Gun Hot Shot call in the 8100 block of the IH 35 northbound service road. In this incident, the suspect shot at a vehicle, injuring the driver. The driver was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was involved in three other incidents at nearby locations. One other person was injured and transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Around 6 p.m. that same day, the suspect was taken into custody.
 
The shootings occurred at: 

  1. 8000 blk S. IH-35
  2. 5300 blk Ponciana
  3. 1500 S. Lamar Blvd.
  4. 4000 blk S. Lamar Blvd.

The victims' injuries ranged from shattered glass to a gunshot wound.
 
APD recovered the gun from Curry’s vehicle that linked him to the crime scenes. Ballistic evidence was also collected where Christian Meroney was murdered.
 
Further forensic analysis is necessary and continuing. The results of which will determine additional charges on Charles Curry. 
 
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 or by email at Homicide.APD@austintexas.gov

Traffic Fatality #31

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 15:13

Case:            18-1901077

Date:             July 9, 2018

Time:            3:43 p.m. 

Location:      1500 W Cesar Chavez St.

Deceased:    Pinkeshkumar Dineshbhai Patel, Asian male, (D.O.B. 4-28-88)
  
The preliminary investigation shows that a blue 2009 Honda Civic was traveling eastbound on W. Cesar Chavez St. A black 2015 Ford F150 truck was traveling westbound on W. Cesar Chavez. The Honda Civic lost control in the 1500 block and veered into the path of the Ford F150.
 
The driver of the Honda Civic, Pinkeshkumar Dineshbhai Patel, was pronounced dead at the scene.
 
The driver of the Ford F150 was trasported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas with minor injuries.

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8164. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s 31st fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 32 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 31 fatal traffic crashes and 33 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

2018 July 4th No Refusal Stats

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 13:23

The 2018 July 4th No Refusal initiative has concluded. This initiative was conducted from June 28, 2018 thru July 4, 2018 and ran daily from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. During this period, 78 arrests were made for driving while intoxicated offenses:
 
Total DWI arrests during No Refusal period = 78
 
Blood Search Warrants:     40
Consent Breath Samples: 24
Consent Blood Samples:    14
 
Of those arrests, the following number had enhanced DWI charges:
           
Consent Breath Samples over .15=                                  5
Class A Misd DWI (with prior conviction) =                       8
Felony DWI (2 or more prior convictions) =                      8
Felony DWI Child Passenger =                                         1
 
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. 

Murder #21

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 14:37

Case:           18-1900902
 
Date:            Monday, July 9, 2018
 
Time:           1:43 p.m.
 
Location:    1500 S. Lamar Blvd.
 
Deceased:   Christian M. Meroney, White male, born 11/16/1985
 
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On Monday, July 9, 2018, police responded to a call of shots fired at the Post South Lamar Apartments. Upon arrival, officers discovered Christian Meroney with obvious bodily trauma. Officers joined witnesses who were attending to Meroney, before EMS arrived on scene. Despite everyone’s efforts, Meroney succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene at 1:56 p.m.
 
Homicide detectives arrived and began their investigation including conducting witness interviews. Evidence left behind at the scene was also collected and is being processed in an effort to identify the suspect.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy this morning and ruled the manner of death a homicide. Meroney died from a gunshot wound.
 
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.
 
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible. 
  

APD Police Explorers Graduate this Saturday

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 12:18

On Saturday, July 7, 2018, Austin Police Explorers will be graduating from the Central Texas Explorer Academy that was hosted by the Austin Police Department (APD.) Assistant Chief McIlvain with the Austin Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Chief Byron Frankland with Hutto Police Department, as well as other executive staff will be in attendance at the graduation.
 
Forty-two explorers from eight different agencies are expected to graduate during a ceremony at the Omni Southpark Hotel on Saturday at 2 p.m. Explorers completed 128 hours of law enforcement training. This training included physical fitness, nutrition, DWI investigations, traffic stops, rappelling, handcuffing, search/frisking, Family Violence investigations, penal code and many other misc. categories.
 

Participating agencies include:
Austin P.D.
Hutto P.D.
Travis County SO
Hays County SO
Williamson County SO
Travis County Constables Pct. 2
Leander P.D.
Cedar Park P.D.
 

The Explorer program is intended to show youth ages 14-21 the many career opportunities available in law enforcement. Youth in this program attend a four-week long academy, participating in various law enforcement and physical fitness training classes, as well as confidence-building, leadership skills and teamwork exercises.
 

Police Explorer Graduation
Saturday, July 7, 2018
2 p.m. Explorer Graduation Commencement
Omni Southpark Hotel
4140 Governors Row

 
For more information about Police Explorers, visit http://austintexas.gov/department/apd-explorers
 

Austin Police Explorers Host Chief’s Run

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:01

As part of the Austin Police Department Explorer Program graduation events, there was a Chief’s run on Thursday, July 5, 2018. The event provided an opportunity for Austin Police Chief Brian Manley and Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody to talk with Explorers about leadership and other related topics. Media was invited to attend the Chief's Run.

Explorers from Austin PD, Hutto PD, Travis County SO, Hays County SO, Williamson County SO, Travis County Constables Pct. 2, Leander PD and Cedar Park PD participated in the run.

For more information about the APD explorer program, visit http://austintexas.gov/department/apd-explorers

Murder #20

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:56

Case:          18-1850190
 
Date:           Wednesday, July 4, 2018
 
Time:          1:26 a.m.
 
Location:    2501 Anken Dr.
 
Deceased:   Devonte Ortiz, Black male, born 02-27-1999
 
On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, Austin 9-1-1 received a call of a disturbance with a gun between two men. The call was then updated stating one of the males had been shot. Upon arrival, Austin Police officers observed Devonte Ortiz with obvious trauma to his body. Officers immediately began CPR until Austin-Travis County EMS arrived. A/TCEMS transported Ortiz to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. However, Ortiz was pronounced deceased at 2:12 a.m. by Dr. Brown.

Austin Police Homicide investigators arrived at the scene. Witnesses were conducted and the scene was processed for evidence. Detectives were able to obtain video that shows a portion of the incident. Witnesses and the video indicate the disturbance between the two men began because fireworks were being ignited in the apartment complex parking lot. The argument broke off but started again later when the fireworks continued. The second argument escalated to the point that both men displayed firearms. Multiple firearms were recovered at the scene. The two men were previously acquainted with each other.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy tomorrow morning.
 
This case will be referred to the Travis County District Attorney’s office for review and possible presentation to the Grand Jury. No arrests have been made at this time. 
 
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.

4th of July Personal Watercraft Ban on Lake Austin

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:35

The Austin Police Department Lake Patrol Unit wants to remind everyone that the use and operation of personal watercraft, jet skis, wet bikes, motorized surfboards and similar devices on Lake Austin is prohibited beginning at sunset on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 and ending on Thursday, July 5, 2017 at sunrise. Non-motorized devices such as kayaks, canoes and paddleboards may be used during this time.
 
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 holiday. 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.

2018 July 4th No Refusal

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:33

The Austin Police Department (APD) will be conducting a No Refusal Initiative that will coincide with the upcoming Fourth of July Holiday Weekend. This initiative will be in effect June 29 - July 5, 2018 and will be operational from 3 p.m. – 5 a.m.
 
This initiative is an effort to enforce DWI laws, keep the public safe by encouraging drivers to make responsible decisions, and to apply for blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to provide a breath or blood specimen as required by law.
 
APD is continuously focused on preventing lives from being lost on the streets, highways and waterways of Austin. The department is dedicated to making roadways and waterways of Austin safe for residents and visitors through education and enforcement. 

Murder #19

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:32

Case:         18-1802032
 
Date:         Friday, June 29, 2018
 
Time:         10:55 p.m.
 
Location:    9070 Research Blvd. SVRD SB
 
Deceased:  White male, (Pending next of kin notification)
 
Arrested:    Jeffrey L. Robinson, White male, 43 years of age
 
On Friday, June 29, 2018, Austin Police responded to a call of a man bleeding near the Chili’s parking lot at Burnet Rd. and U.S. Hwy 183. Officers and Austin-Travis County EMS personnel arrived on scene. The male had obvious trauma to his head. He was transported to Northwest Seton Hospital by EMS. The male was assessed and determined to be critical. He was then transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas for more intensive care.
 
Austin Police officers spoke with a witness on scene. The witness advised the male was a friend of hers. He had been sitting under a tree at the corner of the Chili’s parking lot. The witness and a man named Jeffrey Robinson spotted the male. Robinson walked over to the male and very forcefully punched the male as he sat. The male was knocked unconscious and Robinson walked away.
 
On Sunday, July 1, 2018, Homicide detectives were notified that the male was clinically brain dead. The time of death was 3 p.m. by Dr. Mancheski. Detectives began investigating and learned of the original call on June 29, 2018.  The witness was contacted and provided detectives additional information.
 
An arrest affidavit was drafted for Jeffrey Robinson charging him with manslaughter, a 2nd degree felony. Judge Vigorrito accepted the affidavit and issued an arrest warrant for Jeffrey Robinson. Bond was set at $50,000.
 
The Lonestar Fugitive Task Force was contacted for assistance.  The unit located Robinson and arrested him on the warrant.
 
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.
 

Booking Photo of Jeffrey Robinson:
 

Bank Robbery #18

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 16:31

Case:            18-1810853
 
Date:            Saturday, June 30, 2018
 
Time:            Approximately 1:17 p.m.
 
Location:      IBC Bank – 12625 N IH-35 Northbound
 
The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Saturday, June 30, 2018, around 1:17 p.m. at the IBC Bank located at 12625 N IH-35 Northbound. The suspect approached the teller and handed her a note, demanding money before leaving on foot. He was last seen walking towards the adjacent Sears building. There were no reported injuries during the robbery.
 
Suspect described as:

  • Dark-skinned male
  • 30 to 40 years old
  • 5’ 0” to 5’3”
  • Tall
  • Heavy set  

Suspect was last seen wearing:

  • Camouflage button-up shirt
  • Tan shorts
  • Dark baseball camp with no writing or design
  • Flip flop shoes

Suspect Photo

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 or Android.

Austin Cops for Charities and Austin Police Association Air Conditioning Delivery Day

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:32

The Austin Cops for Charities (Austin c4c) and the Austin Police Association (APA) worked to keep the community a little cooler this summer. It is no secret that the summer months in Texas are intense and can be life-threatening without access to air conditioning so Austin c4c and the APA delivered portable units throughout the community on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. This initiative was made possible through funding collected by Austin Cops for Charities.

Officer Albino “Bino” Cadenas collected the air conditioning units at the Austin Police Association building located at 5817 Wilcab Road. From there, officers stopped at four homes to make deliveries.

          

  

The Austin Cops for Charities is living it’s motto in “giving back to the community we serve” and will work in partnership with the APA to continue donating additional air conditioning units to those residents in need.
 
If you would like to assist with this effort or learn ore about Austin c4c, please visit the website at http://www.austinc4c.com or email Officer Cadenas at bino@austinpolice.com.

Murder #18

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:16

Case:          18-1781331
 
Date:           Wednesday, June 27, 2018
 
Time:           5:01 p.m.
 
Location:    13014 Pond Springs Rd.
 
Deceased:  Devon Gross, Black male, (DOB: 9/19/1999)
 
Suspect:     Black male, approximately 25 years of age  
 
On Wednesday, June 27, Austin Police Department (APD) and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at the Valero gas station located at 13014 Pond Springs Rd. Upon arrival, officers observed Devon Gross with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds. Emergency medical services responded to the scene but were unable to revive Gross. He was pronounced deceased at 5:12 p.m. by Dr. Escott.
 
APD Homicide Unit processed the scene and interviewed witnesses. Preliminary information indicates this was a targeted attack and not a random incident.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy this morning. The medical examiner ruled that Gross died from a gunshot wound. The manner of death was 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.
 

Murder #17

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 08:26

Case:           18-1721159
 
Date:            Thursday, June 21, 2018
 
Time:            3:09 p.m.
 
Location:     Huntwick Dr. / E. Oltorf St.
 
Deceased:   Jason Dean Aranda, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 11-21-87)
 
Arrested:     Cierra Powell, White female, 24 years of age
 
On Thursday, June 21, 2018, Austin 911 received a call of a man struck by a car near the intersection of Huntwick Dr. and E. Oltorf St. Callers reported a maroon Lexus that fled the scene after it had struck a man. Other callers reported hearing a gunshot. Austin-Travis County EMS and police arrived on scene. Jason Aranda was observed lying on the ground with obvious trauma. Despite life saving measures, Aranda succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Dr. Escott at 3:20 p.m. 
 
Homicide detectives responded to the scene and spoke with witnesses. Detectives learned that Jason Aranda had been in an earlier disturbance with his ex-girlfriend and her friend Cierra Powell. He left the scene of the argument and drove onto Huntwick Dr. His ex-girlfriend, driving a black vehicle and Cierra Powell, driving a maroon Lexus, followed him. Aranda came to a stop at the intersection of E. Oltorf and Huntwick Dr. and exited his vehicle. The ex-girlfriend drove around Aranda and turned onto E. Oltorf. Powell drove toward Aranda striking him with her vehicle. After striking him, Powell then shot Aranda and drove away.
           
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Friday, June 22, 2018.  The Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death from a gunshot wound. The manner of death was 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.

 

Booking photo of Cierra Powell:

Traffic Fatality #29

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:53

Case:            18-1642041

Date:            June 13, 2018

Time:            11:26 p.m. 

Location:      Intersection of Springdale Road and Webberville Road

Deceased:    Michael Watson, Black male, DOB: 05/21/1980
  
The preliminary investigation shows that Michael Watson lost control of the black, 2018 Indian motorcycle he was driving northbound, on Springdale Road. He struck the west curb of Springdale Road before hitting the north curb on Webberville Road and then crashed into a utility pole. Watson was thrown from the motorcycle.
 
He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 11:22 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-6935. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

This is Austin's 29th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 30 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 30 fatal traffic crashes and 32 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Murder #16

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:48

Case:          18-1530988
 
Date:           Saturday, June 16, 2018
 
Time:           8:02 p.m.
 
Location:     Redd Street/Manchaca Road (Bus Stop)
           
Deceased:    Allen (Popeye) Kiddy, White male, D.O.B. 07/22/1951
 
Arrested:     Juan Deltoro, Hispanic male, 51 years of age      

Austin Police responded to a report of a disturbance on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 8:02 p.m. at the bus stop located at Redd Street and Manchaca Road. The caller stated that one male was beating and kicking another. Upon arrival, officers observed Allen Kiddy injured on the ground. Austin-Travis County EMS transported Kiddy to Saint David’s while officers interviewed witnesses on scene who identified the suspect as Juan Deltoro. Deltoro, who fled, was later located by officers and questioned by detectives. He was booked into the Travis County Jail and charged with aggravated assault with serious bodily injury.

At 1:13 yesterday afternoon, police received word that Allen Kiddy had died at the hospital.

The Travis County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy earlier today and ruled the death a 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.

Juan Deltoro, age 51