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APD Weekend: No Refusal DWI Enforcement Initiative

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:27

The Austin Police Department (APD) No Refusal Weekend DWI Initiative will resume today, Friday, January 19, 2018 and will last through Sunday, January 21, 2018. The initiative will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

The next initiative will begin Friday, January 26 and last through Sunday, January, 28, 2018 and will be operational 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
 
During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.

“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”

Weekends are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement.
 

Missing/Endangered Elderly Male, Cleo Perkins

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:38

Case:    2018-0120788
 
Date:    Jan. 12, 2018
 
Time:    9:30 a.m.
 
Location:   3300 block of Kay St.
 
Missing:    Cleo Perkins, Black male, 86 years of age
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department is investigating an endangered elderly male that was reported missing on Friday, January 12, 2018. Cleo Perkins was last seen in the 3300 block of Kay Street around 9:30 this morning.
 
Cleo has medical conditions that create a concern for his welfare.
 
Cleo is described as:

  • Black male
  • 5’7"
  • 155 lbs.
  • Grey hair
  • Brown eyes
  • Walks with a slouch

Last Seen Wearing:

  • VA baseball cap
  • Grey and black long sleeved shirt
  • Blue jeans

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately and/or the Missing Persons Unit at 512-974-5250 (7 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Photo below:

APD Weekend: No Refusal DWI Enforcement Initiative

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 15:11

The Austin Police Department (APD) No Refusal Weekend DWI Initiative will resume today, Friday, January 12, 2018 and will last through Sunday, January 14, 2018. The initiative will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
 
The next initiative will begin Friday, January 19 and last through Sunday, January, 21, 2018 and will be operational 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
  
During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.
 
“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”
 
Weekends are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement. 
 

APD seeking assistance in Murder #11 from 2017

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:34

APD is seeking the public's assistance in identifying the assailant and suspect vehicle in Murder #11 from 2017.

Suspect: Caucasian or Hispanic male
               Short, dark hair, average build
Vehicle:  “Orange-red” or “rust” colored, older model, Mazda hatchback  
 
First Update from May 22, 2017
 
Austin Police are asking for assistance with the murder investigation of Van Kevin White. The murder occurred at 611 S. Congress Ave. in the parking lot behind the building at approximately 7:09 a.m.

This portion of the parking lot is bordered by:
-The Crescent apartment building (127 E. Riverside) south side of building
- City View at SoCo apartment building (1005 S. Congress) north side of building

It is possible a resident in one of these buildings may have seen what occurred in the parking lot. Based on information currently available, APD does not believe the public is at risk in relation to this incident.


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

Original narrative – May 19, 2017

Case:          17-1390397
 
Date:           Friday, May 19, 2017
 
Time:           7:09 a.m.
 
Location:     611 S. Congress Ave.
    
Deceased:   Van Kevin White, White male, (D.O.B. 11-18-65)
 
On Friday, May 19, 2017 at approximately 7:09 a.m., Austin Police officers responded to a shots fired call at 611 S. Congress Ave. Officers located the victim, Van Kevin White, who had sustained obvious trauma to his body. Austin-Travis County EMS also arrived and began resuscitation efforts. White was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge hospital, where he later died from his injuries. 
 
Homicide detectives are interviewing witnesses and following up on leads. 
 
Based on information currently available, APD does not believe the public is at risk in relation to this incident. No arrests have been made at this time.

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

Traffic Fatality #1

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:32

Case:           18-0041689
 
Date:           Thursday, January 4, 2018
 
Time:           11:57 p.m.
 
Location:     5600 N IH 35 Northbound
 
Deceased:   Ashley Martinez, Hispanic female (D.O.B. 11-27-94)
                     Eloy Herrera, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 4-9-02)

The preliminary investigation shows that a 2018, Kenworth T680 with a 53’ foot box trailer and a 2001, tan, GMC Jimmy were traveling northbound on IH 35. The GMC stopped in the center lane, for unknown reasons, and was rear ended by the Kenworth T680. The GMC then burst into flames, killing both of its occupants.
 
This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s first fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in two fatalities. At this time in 2017, there was one fatal traffic crash and one traffic fatality.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Bank Robbery #2

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 09:30

Case:                18-0050731
 
Date:                Friday, January 5, 2018
 
Time:                Approximately 12:30 p.m.
 
Location:          International Bank of Commerce (IBC) – 10405 FM 2222 Rd.
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are working in conjunction to investigate a bank robbery that occurred on Friday, January 5, 2018, at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the International Bank of Commerce (IBC) located at 10405 FM 2222 Rd.
 
The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, displayed a weapon and demanded money before fleeing on foot towards Sitio Del Rio Blvd. with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
 
Based on information gathered from victims who were on scene, police believe this is the same suspect who committed the December 22, 2017 IBC robbery (case 17-3560763).
 
Suspect described as:

  • White male
  • 45-55 years old
  • 6’ tall
  • Grey beard
  • Stocky build 

Suspect was last seen wearing:

  • Black clothing
  • Black beanie
  • Carrying a black messenger-style bag 

Photos of suspect

      

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

Traffic Fatality #1

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:33

Case:           18-0041689
 
Date:            Thursday, January 4, 2018
 
Time:           11:57 p.m.
 
Location:     5600 N IH 35 Northbound
 
Deceased:    Unidentified female
                      Unidentified male
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2018, Kenworth T680 with a 53’ foot box trailer and a 2001, tan, GMC Jimmy were traveling northbound on IH 35. The GMC stopped in the center lane, for unknown reasons, and was rear ended by the Kenworth T680. The GMC then burst into flames, killing both of its occupants.
 
This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s first fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in two fatalities. At this time in 2017, there was one fatal traffic crash and one traffic fatality.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Bank Robbery #1

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:38

Case:                18-0040975
 
Date:                 Thursday, January 4, 2018
 
Time:                Approximately 4 p.m.
 
Location:          Comerica Bank – 1700 block of W. 35th St.
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department Robbery Unit and the FBI Central Texas Robbery Task Force are working in conjunction to investigate a bank robbery that occurred on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at approximately 4 p.m. at the Comerica Bank in the 1700 block of W. 35th St.
 
The suspect, whose description and photo are included below, displayed a weapon and demanded money before fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. No injuries were reported.
 
Suspect described as:

  • White male
  • 5' 8" tall
  • White beard 

Suspect was last seen wearing:

  • Black sweatshirt
  • Black beanie
  • Faded jeans

Photos of suspect

 

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.

APD Weekend: No Refusal DWI Enforcement Initiative

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:05

The Austin Police Department (APD) No Refusal Weekend DWI Initiative will resume today, Friday, January 5, 2018 and will last through Sunday, January 7, 2018. The initiative will operate from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.

The next initiative will begin Friday, January 12 and last through Sunday, January, 14, 2018 and will be operational 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day.
  
During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.
 
“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”
 
Weekends are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement. 

APD Seeking Assistance in Identifying Suspect from Robbery Cases

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:11

The Austin Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in identifying a suspect from recent robbery cases.

Case:       17-3530049
Date:       Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Time:       Approximately 12:38 a.m.
Location: Valero - 2200 block of East Oltorf Street

Case:       17-3620073
Date:       Thursday, December 28, 2017
Time:       Approximately 1:26 a.m.
Location: Valero - 2200 block of East Oltorf Street

The suspect from both incidents, whose description and photo are included below, threatened the clerk working at the Valero in the 2200 block of East Oltorf Street. In one of the cases, he was able to leave with an undisclosed amount of cash.
 
Suspect described as:

  • Hispanic male
  • 35-40 years of age
  • About 5'6" tall
  • Approximately 200 lbs.
  • Black hair, mustache and goatee
  • Possible tattoo on right side of neck

Suspect was last seen wearing: 

  • Dark hoodie
  • Blue jeans
  • Glasses
Photos of suspect: 

 
The suspect could possibly be a resident in the neighborhood. Anyone with any information please contact the Austin Police Department Robbery Unit at (512) 974-5270, 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.

2017 Christmas, NYE Extended No Refusal Initiative

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:09

The Austin Police Department will be conducting a No Refusal Initiative that coincides with the upcoming Holiday Season. This initiative will run as follows:           

  • 10 p.m. – 5 a.m. – Fri., Dec. 15, 2017 through Sat., Dec. 16, 2017
  • 3 p.m. – 5 a.m. each day, starting Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 – Tues., Jan. 2, 2018

During No Refusal, detectives will assist in applying for blood search warrants in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By extending this initiative throughout the holiday season, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur.
 
“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit said. "It’s about keeping unsafe drivers off Austin roadways and keeping the public safe. No Refusal ensures that we have solid blood alcohol content evidence of every arrest and as such enhances our ability to prosecute people who drive drunk and put others in danger.”
 
The holidays are often associated with parties and gatherings where alcohol is present. This initiative reminds everyone that area law enforcement agencies encourage them to make the responsible choice not to drive if they are impaired in any way. Know before you go, get home safe. APD is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe through education and enforcement. 

2017 Christmas, NYE No Refusal Stats

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:06

The 2017 Christmas/New Year’s No Refusal initiative has concluded. This initiative was conducted from December 15, 2017 to January 2, 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:      95
Consent Breath Samples:    71
Consent Blood Samples:     44
 
Of those arrests, the following number had enhanced DWI charges:
 
Class A Misd DWI (with prior conviction) =         21
Class A Misd (breath sample over .15) =            26
Felony DWI (2 or more prior convictions) =        21
Felony DWI Child Passenger =                            3
 
The Austin Police Department continues to focus on preventing deaths on our streets, highways and waterways. The Department is dedicated to making the roadways and waterways of Austin safe for residents and visitors through education and enforcement.

Arrest Made in Murder #30

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:07

Case:          17-3601270
 
Date:          Tuesday, December 26, 2017
 
Time:          11:44 p.m.
 
Location:     6600 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
 
Deceased:   Ebony Michelle Sheppard, Black female, (D.O.B. 6-9-87)
 
Arrested:    Xavier Lewis, Black male, aged 19
 
The Austin Police Department Investigations Division has arrested Xavier Lewis, aged 19, for the murder of Ebony Michelle Sheppard.
 
Through their investigation, Homicide and Robbery Detectives linked Xavier Lewis as the suspect in several aggravated robberies that occurred Christmas Day and as the suspect in the December 26, 2017 homicide.
 
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force took Lewis into custody on December 28, 2017 in Pflugerville without incident. He was booked into the Travis County Jail on five counts of aggravated robbery with a $100,000 bond on each and one count of capital murder. A bond has not yet been set for that charge. 

Xavier Lewis

Background Information
On Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at approximately 11:44 p.m., Austin police responded to a 911 call stating that someone had been shot in the parking lot of the Travis Station Apartments located at 6600 Ed Bluestein Blvd. When officers arrived, they observed Ebony Sheppard with obvious trauma to her body. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived shortly afterwards and transported Sheppard to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. Ebony Sheppard succumbed to her injury and was pronounced deceased at 12:33 a.m.

On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, the Travis County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Sheppard. The cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
 
Witnesses at the complex were interviewed and advised a possible suspect wearing a dark-colored hoodie was seen running from the scene and fleeing at a high rate of speed in a white sedan from the complex. 
 
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Traffic Fatality #71

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 09:20

Case:            17-3550122
 
Date:            Thursday, December 21, 2017
 
Time:            1:38 p.m.
 
Location:      2100 block of Burton Drive
 
Deceased:    Shane Carson Goldstein, White male (D.O.B. 6-18-84)

The preliminary investigation indicates that a maroon, 1997 Honda CRV was traveling southbound in the 2100 block of Burton Drive when the driver lost control, drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a concrete retaining wall. The driver of the vehicle, Shane Carson Goldstein, was pronounced deceased on the scene.
 
This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-4424. 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 and the 76th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 75 fatal traffic crashes and 77 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
  

Murder #30

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 15:25

Case:          17-3601270
 
Date:          Tuesday, December 26, 2017
 
Time:          11:44 p.m.
 
Location:     6600 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
 
Deceased:   Ebony Michelle Sheppard, Black female, (D.O.B. 6-9-87)
 
On Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at approximately 11:44 p.m., Austin police responded to a 911 call stating that someone had been shot in the parking lot of the Travis Station Apartments located at 6600 Ed Bluestein Blvd. When officers arrived, they observed Ebony Sheppard with obvious trauma to her body. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived shortly afterwards and transported Sheppard to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. Ebony Sheppard succumbed to her injury and was pronounced deceased at 12:33 a.m.
 
On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, the Travis County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Sheppard. The cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
 
Witnesses at the complex were interviewed and advised a possible suspect wearing a dark-colored hoodie was seen running from the scene and fleeing at a high rate of speed in a white sedan from the complex. 
 
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.