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APD recovers phones stolen from ACL 2018 music fest

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:23

The Austin Police Department is pleased to announce that a number of phones stolen from persons attending WEEKEND ONE of the Austin City Limits Music Festival (October 4-6, 2018) have been recovered and are ready to be reunited with their owner.

Investigators with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department in Kissimmee, Florida intercepted a package and discovered a large number of cell phones had been shipped from Austin to Florida. An operation was conducted, resulting in the arrest of three Colombian nationals:

  • Edward Javier Garcia-Castano, age 34
  • Estivenson Blanco-Rubiano, age 34
  • Wilmer Arias-Arias, age 25

All three were charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigations for trafficking in stolen property across state lines. Immigration and Customs Enforcement then deported the trio back to Colombia for immigration offenses.

No local charges will be filed.

ACL Fest and crowdfind.com are partnering with the Austin Police Department to return the phones to their rightful owner in an unprecedented manner.

Persons who attended WEEKEND ONE of ACL Fest and who lost a phone or reported their phone as stolen can visit the following website: crowdfind.com/APDPhones

All the phones that were recovered because of this effort were photographed with the wallpaper screen showing, for those devices able to be powered on. The website will assist the owner in claiming the device, obtaining a shipping label then notifying APD detectives to release the phone back to them.

This is the largest item reunification effort the Austin Police Department has undertaken. Investigators are grateful for the support by ACL Fest and crowdfind.com.

Most importantly, the Austin Police Department would like to thank Sgt. Grattan Heyward of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their efforts in locating the phones and making arrests and deportations related to this case.

 

 

APD Seeking Assistance with Commercial Burglary Case

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:26

Case:        19-421093

Date:          February 11, 2019

Time:         4:45 a.m.

Location:   RIO Night Club (601 Rio Grande Street)

An unknown suspect drove up to the RIO Night Club located at 601 Rio Grande Street at approximately 4:45 a.m. on Monday, February 11, 2019. He exited the vehicle, possibly a newer model dark grey Renegade-model Jeep, and entered the club where he stole a safe which contained a large amount of cash.

The suspect, pictured below, is described as:

  • Black male
  • 20-30 years old
  • Thin to average build

This case remains under investigation by the APD Commercial Burglary Unit. Anyone with information is asked to call 512-974-6941. Individuals can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android

 


 

Traffic Fatality #7

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 11:25

Case:        19-0400694

Date:          February 9, 2019

Time:         12:48 p.m.

Location:   6000 block of Springdale Road

Deceased:  Messiah Zion Mouton, Black male, DOB 12/05/05

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a 1997, red BMW was traveling northbound in the 6000 block of Springdale Road and lost control. The vehicle skidded sideways before flipping and striking a utility pole.
 
The passenger in the vehicle, Messiah Zion Mouton, 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) 974-5576. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s seventh fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in seven fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were five fatal traffic crashes and six traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
 

Traffic Fatality #6

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:02

Case:        19-0370320

Date:         February 6, 2019

Time:         7:02 a.m.

Location:   1000 block of W. Oltorf Street

Deceased:  Trevor James Ralston, White male, DOB 2/18/86

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a gray, 2008 Mini Cooper was travelling westbound in the 1000 block of W. Oltorf Street when she lost control and slid into the eastbound path of a gray, 2018 Honda motorcycle. The motorcycle, driven by Trevor Ralston, struck the right side of the Mini Cooper.
 
Trevor Ralston was pronounced deceased on scene. The driver of the Mini Cooper remained at the crash location and was cited for failure to control speed.

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s 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 sixth fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in six fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were five fatal traffic crashes and six traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Suspect description and photo update - Bank Robbery #4

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 10:00

Case:        19-0360627

Date:        Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time:        9:58 a.m.

Location:  Bank of America – 12574 Research Blvd.
 
The Austin Police Department (APD) Robbery Unit is working in conjunction with the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force to investigate a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at approximately 9:58 a.m. The robbery suspect entered the Bank of America and demanded money from a teller. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running southbound on Research Blvd.

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

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.

Suspect described as:

  • White male
  • 5’ 10” tall
  • Last seen wearing a black jacket, white shirt and baseball cap
  • Has tattoos on his head, possibly tattoos on arms, hands and eye

Suspect Photos:

    

APD Seeking Information about Sexual Assault

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:49

Case:        19-0331276

Date:         February 2, 2019

Time:         2:30 a.m.  

Location:  1000 block of Clayton Lane
 
The APD Sex Crimes is investigating a sexual assault that occurred on February 2, 2019 in the 1000 block of Clayton Lane.
 
The victim was inside her apartment when she responded to a knock at the door at approximately 2:30 a.m. The suspect forced his way into the apartment, pushed the victim down and sexually assaulted her before leaving the scene.

The suspect is described as being:

  • Light skinned
  • Possibly Hispanic
  • 30-40 years of age
  • Approximately 5’ 10”
  • Slim
  • Brown hair and goatee
  • Brown eyes
  • Last seen wearing a beanie hat, a green thermal long sleeve shirt and sweat pants.  

The APD Sex Crimes Unit is asking anyone that may have information or may have seen someone matching this description to contact the Sex Crimes tip line at 512-974-5095 or the Sex Crimes main line at 512-974-5230. You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You may also submit tips by downloading APD's mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone or Android.
 

Bank Robbery #4

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 09:47

Case:        19-0360627

Date:        Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time:        9:58 a.m.

Location:  Bank of America – 12574 Research Blvd.
 
The Austin Police Department (APD) Robbery Unit is working in conjunction with the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force to investigate a bank robbery that occurred Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at approximately 9:58 a.m. The robbery suspect entered the Bank of America and demanded money from a teller. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash and was last seen running southbound on Research Blvd.

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

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.

Suspect described as:

  • White male
  • 5’ 10” tall
  • Last seen wearing a black jacket, white shirt and baseball cap

Suspect Photos:
    

Traffic Fatality #5

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 13:36

Case:        19-0320079

Date:          February 1, 2019

Time:         12:52 a.m.

Location:   500 block N. IH 35 service road southbound

Deceased:  White male, 21 years of age 

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2006 silver Volkswagen Jetta was traveling southbound in the right lane of N. IH-35 southbound on the service road. The Jetta changed lanes to enter the ramp of southbound IH 35 when it encountered a scooter. The pedestrian on the scooter was traveling the wrong way, northbound in the southbound left lane of the IH-35 service road. The pedestrian was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. He was pronounced deceased at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019.

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s 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 fifth fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in five fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were six fatal traffic crashes and seven traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

APD seeking information about assault with injury

Fri, 02/01/2019 - 15:51

Case:        19-0320283

Date:        February 1, 2019

Time:        5:49 a.m

Location:  4600 block of Mueller Blvd.

This morning at approximately 5:45 a.m., a female walking in the 4600 block of Mueller Blvd. was approached from behind by an unknown male. The male put something over her mouth and forced her to the ground. The woman fought the suspect and he fled.

The suspect is described as being:

  • Hispanic
  • Light-skinned
  • Approximately 5’ 5”
  • Chubby
  • Short dark hair or wearing a beanie hat
  • Last seen wearing a grey shirt

The APD Sex Crimes Unit does not have any active cases that are similar in nature.

The APD Sex Crimes Unit is asking anyone that may have information or may have seen someone matching this description to contact the Sex Crimes tip line at 512-974-5095 or the Sex Crimes main line at 512-974-5230. You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You may also submit tips by downloading APD's mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone or Android.

Traffic Fatality #4

Wed, 01/30/2019 - 15:37

Case:         19-0260086

Date:         January 26, 2019

Time:         1:02 a.m. 

Location:   6900 block N. IH-35 SB

Vehicle:     2014 Ford F-150 (black)    

Deceased:  Laura Wray, White female, DOB 12/31/1960 

The preliminary investigation shows that a black, Ford F-150 was traveling southbound on IH-35. A pedestrian, identified as 58-year-old Laura Wray, was traveling eastbound near the 6900 block of N IH-35, when the vehicle struck her. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene at 01:48 a.m.

APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s 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 fourth fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in four fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were three fatal traffic crashes and four traffic fatalities.

These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
 

Homicide #2

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 10:08

Case:           2019-0251432
 
Date:            Friday, January 25, 2019
 
Time:           5:56 p.m.
 
Location:    8100 blk Sonnet Ave.
 
Deceased:   Carson McCullough Smith, White male, D.O.B: 11/30/2000

Arrested:    Juvenile

Arrested:    Juvenile

On Friday, January 25, 2019 at approximately 5:56 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received a call of a subject stabbed in the 8100 block of Sonnet Ave. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived and located Carson Smith with trauma to his body. Carson was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas with life-threatening injuries. Austin Police Officers arrived, secured the area, and located several witnesses. Violent Crime Division Detectives, assisted by Austin AISD Officers, were able to identify two suspects. Based on information and evidence obtained during the investigation, one juvenile was taken into custody Saturday morning for the stabbing.

On Saturday, January 26, 2019 Austin Police Detectives were notified that Carson Smith was medically pronounced deceased at 8:27 p.m. He remains at Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas with family. Homicide Detectives began working the case. A second suspect was taken into custody early Sunday morning. Both juveniles remain at Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center.

The circumstances surrounding the death are still being investigated. We believe this to be an isolated incident, and do not believe there is any further threat to the community.

Detectives are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov. You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES. You may remain anonymous.

Murder #1

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 11:10

Case:             19-0201496

Date:             Sunday, January 20, 2019

Time:            10:00 p.m.

Location:     9036 N. Lamar Blvd.

Deceased:   Pedro Calcalel, Hispanic male, born 12-29-1969

On Sunday, January 20, 2019, at approximately 10 p.m., Austin 911 received a call of a stabbing that had just occurred at the Villas of Quail Creek Apartment complex located at 9036 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin Police, Fire and EMS responded to the scene. Upon arrival, they located the victim, Pedro Calcalel, with multiple stab wounds. Austin-Travis County EMS transported Calcalel to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he underwent emergency surgery. Unfortunately, Calcalel succumbed to his injuries on Monday, January 21, 2019 and was pronounced deceased at 6:45 a.m. 

Investigators responded to the scene and to the hospital. Detectives believe the motive was robbery and on scene witnesses have described multiple male suspects that fled the scene after the altercation with Calcalel. 

On January 22, 2019, the Travis County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and ruled the manner and cause of death a homicide. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crimestoppers APP or email APD Homicide at homicide.apd@austintexas.gov.  You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD's mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android

 

Traffic Fatality #3

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:54

Case:           19-0081623

Date:            January 8, 2019

Time:            9:37 p.m.

Location:     3600 block of South Capital of Texas Highway SB

Deceased:   Jesus Servantez, Hispanic male, DOB 02/18/2003
 
The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a silver, 2018 KIA was traveling in the center lane of the 3600 block of South Capital of Texas Highway SB when the car collided with Jesus Servantez, a pedestrian in the roadway. The driver remained at the scene and told investigators that he did not see Servantez prior to the crash.
 
Jesus Servantez was transported to Saint David’s South Austin Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on January 21, 2019. 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) 974-3761. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
This is Austin’s third fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in three fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were two fatal traffic crashes and three traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.