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APD Seeking Public's Assistance in Locating Missing Person

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:52

Case:       2018-3240336
 
Date:     November 19, 2018
 
Time:     Approximately 1 a.m.
 
Location:   90 block of Rainey Street
 
Missing:     Martin Gutierrez, 25 years old
 
Narrative:
The Austin Police Department is conducting a missing person investigation for Martin Gutierrez, age 25. Mr. Gutierrez was last seen Monday, November 19, 2018 at approximately 1 a.m.
 

Martin Gutierrez’s description:

  • Hispanic male
  • 5’8”
  • 160 lbs.
  • Short black hair
  • Brown eyes

Last Seen Wearing:

  • Black Patagonia jacket
  • Light green shirt
  • Dark blue jeans
  • Grey “Vans” shoes

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately or the Missing Persons Unit at 512-974-5250 (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.). You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.

Community Invitation to Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 15:51

This Saturday, November 24, 2018, Blue Santa Season will kick off with the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade. This heartwarming event will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the State Capitol at 11th and Congress and will move south on Congress to Cesar Chavez. The parade will feature giant inflatable balloons, festive floats, famous children’s characters, live music, classic cars and best of all, Santa Claus! 
 
The Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade is an annual toy drive benefiting Austin Police Operation Blue Santa. All in our community are welcome and those attending are invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to children served by the Blue Santa program (ages infant to 14). The unwrapped toys can be placed on stopped parade platforms during designated periods. The experience of congregating around a float with other Austinites to donate gifts is a perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit! For those who wish to contribute a financial gift, there will be parade volunteers with donation boxes walking as part of the procession.
 
Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a charitable outreach effort created in 1972 by two APD patrol officers who realized that some families in their area would not have gifts or food for their children at Christmas. The distribution began with 20 families from the back of a patrol car. Today, Austin Police Operation Blue Santa serves more than 6,000 households with 15,000 children receiving gifts during the holiday season. For more information about Austin Police Operation Blue Santa, visit www.bluesanta.org.
 
The parade will involve full and partial road closures beginning as early as 6 a.m. including San Jacinto from East 11th to 15th. More details about road closures, alternative routes, and public transportation options are available on City Stage.
 
Parade attendees are encouraged to park on whichever side of Congress they will be exiting downtown to minimize delays. There are downtown lots, garages and metered spaces near the parade route. Please avoid parking on the route itself or within one block of Congress Avenue as your vehicle will not be allowed to move once the closure is in place and will be subject to tow.
 
We look forward to seeing the generous spirit of our city in action this Saturday at the Chuy’s Children Giving to Children Parade!
 

Murder #33 Update

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 12:03

Case:          18-3170968
 
Date:           Tuesday, November 13, 2018
 
Time:           2:48 p.m.
 
Location:    11105 N. I.H.-35 (WoodSpring Suites)
 
Deceased:   Albaro Arnulfo Santos Menedez, Hispanic male (D.O.B. 12-14-87)
                     Alias: Dorian Osiri Rivera "Chato" 

Arrested:    William Morataya, Hispanic male, 24 years of age
 
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at approximately 2:48 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received a call of a man that was shot and lying in the 4th floor hallway of the WoodSpring Suites. An APD Metro Tactical team was across the street when the call came out. They arrived approximately two minutes later and located a Hispanic male, with a gunshot wound. Officers immediately began life saving measures until Austin Fire and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived to take over. Additional units from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the Violent Crimes Task Force also responded and began speaking with witnesses and recovering evidence.
 
At 3:42 p.m., police were notified that the victim, who possibly goes by the name of Chato, died from his injuries. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. 

The Travis County Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy and ruled the manner of death a Homicide.
 
Police believe the victim was targeted for a specific reason. There are no indications of public threat in relation to this incident. 

William Morataya was is currently in the Travis County Jail and has been charged with first degree felony murder. His bond has been set at 1 million dollars.
 
Anyone with any additional information is asked 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.

Murder #33

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:33

Case:          18-3170968
 
Date:           Tuesday, November 13, 2018
 
Time:           2:48 p.m.
 
Location:     11105 N. I.H.-35 (WoodSpring Suites)
 
Deceased:   Unidentified Hispanic male, approximately 30 years of age
 
On Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at approximately 2:48 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received a call of a man that was shot and lying in the 4th floor hallway of the WoodSpring Suites. An APD Metro Tactical team was across the street when the call came out. They arrived approximately two minutes later and located a Hispanic male, with a gunshot wound. Officers immediately began life saving measures until Austin Fire and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived to take over. Additional units from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the Violent Crimes Task Force also responded and began speaking with witnesses and recovering evidence.
 
At 3:42 p.m., police were notified that the victim, who possibly goes by the name of Chato, died from his injuries. Homicide detectives responded to the scene and began their investigation. 

The Travis County Medical Examiner has conducted an autopsy and ruled the manner of death a Homicide.
 
Police believe the victim was targeted for a specific reason. There are no indications of public threat in relation to this incident. 

Assistance is needed in identifying the victim. Detectives have developed a suspect and are working on those leads.
 
Anyone with any additional information is asked 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.

Traffic Fatality #67

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 13:46

Case:           18-3131550

Date:            November 09, 2018

Time:            6:23 p.m.

Location:     1600 block of E Parmer Lane WB

Deceased:    Minh-Tan Pham, Asian male, DOB 01/29/2001
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Minh-Tan Pham was biking northbound on Yager Lane when he disregarded posted stop and yield signs and drove across the 1600 block of E Parmer Lane. As Pham began to enter the left lane of westbound traffic, a stretch of roadway with a 60 mph limit, he crossed in front of a blue, 2012 Toyota Camry.
 
Minh-Tan Pham was transported by Austin-Travis Count EMS to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on November 10, 2018. The driver of the Camry remained on scene.
 
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 67th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 68 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 58 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.

Traffic Fatality #66

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 13:07

Case:           18-3131903

Date:            November 9, 2018

Time:            9:43 p.m.

Location:     Intersection of FM 969/Regency Drive

Deceased:    Yesenia Lopez-Rodriguez, Hispanic female, DOB 03/31/1993

Arrested:       Alan Torres-Yanez, Hispanic male, age 25
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Alan Torres-Yanez, age 25, was driving a blue, 2000 Honda westbound on FM 969 when it crashed with a white, Ford van that was attempting to pull out from Regency Drive to go eastbound.
 
Yesenia Lopez-Rodriguez, the passenger in the Honda, was transported by Austin-Travis County EMS to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where she was pronounced deceased at 9:42 p.m. Torres-Yanez was also transported with minor injuries. The driver of the van was uninjured and stayed on scene to cooperate with the investigation.
 
Alan Torres-Yanez was arrested for DWI.
 
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 66th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 67 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 58 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.

Alan Torres-Yanez

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

Traffic Fatality #65

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 14:14

Case:            18-3080613

Date:             November 4, 2018

Time:            6:44 a.m.

Location:     1100 N IH-35 NB (proper)

Deceased:    Brett Lambert, White male, DOB 08/15/1997
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Brett Lambert was in the roadway near the 1100 block of N IH-35 northbound proper. An unknown vehicle struck Lambert in the early morning of November 4, 2018. The driver left the scene without rendering aid or calling 9-1-1.
 
At approximately 6:44 a.m., a passerby contacted 9-1-1 and reported seeing Lambert’s body. Police arrived and located him with obvious trauma, from an apparent auto-pedestrian crash. He was pronounced deceased on scene.
 
APD is investigating this case. Anyone with information 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 65th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 66 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 56 fatal traffic crashes and 60 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
 

Murder #31

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 14:13

Case:          18-3100838
 
Date:           Tuesday, November 6, 2018
 
Time:          12:33 p.m.
 
Location:    1030 Norwood Park Blvd.
 
Deceased:   Tony Lamar Huggins, Black male, 02/09/1993
 
Arrested:     Isaac Thomas, Black male, 23-years-old
 
On November 6, 2018, at approximately 12:33 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received a call about a man who was shot or stabbed in a parking lot located at 1030 Norwood Park Blvd. Austin police officers and EMS arrived to find Tony Huggins lying on the parking lot ground with a penetrating wound. Nearby citizens had already began CPR upon emergency personnel arrival. EMS took over rescue. Despite their best efforts, Huggins succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
Austin police quickly established a crime scene and began gathering witnesses. Homicide detectives interviewed witnesses and determined that a shooting occurred during an illegal drug transaction. 
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on the victim on Wednesday, November 7, and the manner of the death was ruled a homicide. 
 
On November 7, 2018, Isaac Thomas was arrested for an unrelated charge in Bastrop County and is currently booked into the Bastrop County Jail.
 
On November 8, 2018, Austin Police Homicide Detectives filed a Capital Murder arrest warrant on Thomas. Thomas remains in custody with no bond. 

Anyone with any additional information is asked 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.
 

Traffic Fatality #64

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:24

Case:           18-3070057

Date:            November 3, 2018

Time:            12:33 a.m.

Location:     11300 N. Mopac southbound

Deceased:    Aaron Ross Weir, White male (D.O.B. 12-5-90)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that Aaron Ross Weir was standing in the roadway in the 11300 block of N. Mopac when a silver, 2014 Nissan, traveling southbound, struck him.
 
Aaron Ross Weir, was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he died as a result of his injuries at 3:35 a.m.
 
The driver of the Nissan stayed at the scene and cooperated. Neither intoxication nor impairment are suspected to be factors in this crash. No charges are expected to be filed at this time.
 
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 64th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 65 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 56 fatal traffic crashes and 58 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 #63

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 13:22

Case:           18-3060392

Date:            November 2, 2018

Time:            7:22 a.m.

Location:     6200 Manchaca Rd.  

Deceased:   Black female, 68 years of age
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a pedestrian was crossing Manchaca Rd. from the bus stop located at the west curb line to the bus stop located at the east curb line. The area has sidewalks on both sides of Manchaca Rd. but no crosswalk is available at Manchaca and Berkett Dr. The pedestrian was struck by a white, 2014 Nissan that was traveling southbound on Manchaca Rd. when she was crossing.
 
The driver of the Nissan stayed at the scene and cooperated. Neither intoxication nor impairment are suspected to be factors in this crash. No charges are expected to be filed at this time.
 
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 63rd fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 64 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 56 fatal traffic crashes and 58 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

APD seeks assistance in identifying female suspects

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:48

Case:           18-5042060

Date:           October 19, 2018

Time:           5:45 p.m.

Location:     The Gap — 4001 N Lamar Blvd #250

Detectives from Austin Police Department's Property Crimes is asking for the public's assistance in identifying female suspects from a shoplifting incident. The incident occurred at The Gap in 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., around 5:45 p.m. Suspects entered the store and stole several clothing items.

If you have any information regarding the incident or are able to identify the suspects in the video below, please call Detective Goodwin 512-974-5192.


https://youtu.be/Mq9d7DmxWA0
 

Traffic Fatality #62

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 16:01

Case:           18-3011849

Date:            October 28, 2018

Time:           10:46 p.m.

Location:     1200 block W. Oltorf Street

Deceased:    Anthony Alexander Zangara, White male, DOB 10/12/1986
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a red, Mazda RX-8 was traveling east bound in the 1200 block of West Oltorf Street at a high rate of speed, when it lost control and struck a tree along the south side of the street.
 
The driver of the vehicle, Anthony Zangara, 32, was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Zangara was pronounced deceased on October 30, 2018 at 5:38 p.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 62nd fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 63 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 55 fatal traffic crashes and 57 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 #61

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 15:59

Case:           18-3030060

Date:           October 30, 2018

Time:           1:19 a.m.

Location:     8200 block of N IH-35 NB

Deceased:    Stefanie Marie Torres, White female, DOB 07/06/1980
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2017 White, Volvo Truck Tractor was traveling northbound in the 8200 block of N IH-35 NB proper, in the outside lane. A pedestrian, identified as Stefanie Marie Torres, 38, was attempting to cross the highway when the vehicle struck her.
 
Torres was pronounced deceased on the scene.
 
The truck driver stayed on scene. No charges will be filed at this time.
 
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 61st fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in 62 fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were 55 fatal traffic crashes and 57 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 #60

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 09:51

Case:            18-2920183

Date:            October 19, 2018

Time:            2:20 a.m.

Location:      2500 block of S. Lamar Blvd.

Deceased:    Seth Mendoza, White male, (D.O.B. 10-24-94)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a gold, 2005 Toyota Highlander, was traveling southbound on South Lamar Boulevard, just south of Bluebonnet Lane. There are sidewalks on both sides of S. Lamar and a controlled crosswalk at Bluebonnet Lane.
 
For an unknown reason, a pedestrian identified as Seth Mendoza was in the southbound lanes of travel, not in the crosswalk or on the sidewalk. Mendoza was struck by the Toyota Highlander and was pronounced deceased on scene, at 2:32 a.m.
 
The driver, who stayed on scene, was identified as 23-year-old William Roy. Roy admitted to drinking and was arrested for DWI. No additional charges are expected at this time. 
 
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 60th fatal traffic crash of 2018, resulting in sixty-one fatalities this year. At this time in 2017, there were fifty-three fatal traffic crashes and fifty-five traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

2018 Halloween No Refusal Stats

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 08:10

The 2018 Halloween No Refusal initiative has concluded. This initiative was conducted Wednesday, October 31, 2018 between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. this morning. During this period, 12 arrests were made for driving while intoxicated offenses:
 
Total DWI arrests during No Refusal period = 12
 
Blood Search Warrants:        7
Consent Breath Samples:     3
Consent Blood Samples:      2
 
Of those arrests, the following number had enhanced DWI charges:
           
Consent Breath Samples over .15 =                                  2
Class A Misd DWI (with prior conviction) =                        2
Felony DWI (2 or more prior convictions) =                       1
Felony DWI Child Passenger =                                          0
 
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.

APD seeks assistance in aggravated assault case

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:06

Case:                   18-2970731

Date:                    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time:                   11:53 a.m.

Location:             1100 Springdale Rd.

On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, around 11:53 a.m. a male suspect fired at a victim that was inside of a Capital Metro Bus.
Suspect Description:

  • Black male
  • Mid 20s
  • Approximately 5’8”
  • Orange bandana
  • Grey sweatpants
  • Grey hoodie with a black vest
  • White and black tennis shoes

APD is asking for assistance in identifying the suspect. Please call APD Central East Detectives at 512-974-5268 with any information. 
 
Attached below are photos of the suspect.
  

APD seeks assistance in identifying package theft suspect

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 15:58

The Austin Police Department (APD) is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a package theft suspect. Around 5:50 p.m., on Wednesday, October 17, a White male was spotted taking packages from two different residences in the 2500 block of Wheless Lane. The suspect was seen getting into the pictured vehicle and fleeing the scene.
 
Suspect description:

  • White male
  • Thin build

Last seen wearing:

  • Blue long sleeve shirt
  • Blue jeans
  • Gray and white baseball cap

Suspect vehicle:

  • 2014 or 2015 Chevrolet Camaro, likely a Super Sport or Rally Sport Edition
  • Black rims
  • Black window tint


Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Region 1 Detectives at 512-974-5320. You can reference case #18-5041693.

2018 Halloween - No Refusal Initiative

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:41

The Austin Police Department (APD) will be conducting a No Refusal Initiative on Halloween night (Wednesday, October 31, 2018). This initiative will be operational from 9 p.m. to 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 the roadways and waterways of Austin safe for residents and visitors through education and enforcement. 

APD announces Sixth Street Halloween safety plans, street closures

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:40

The Austin Police Department wants to ensure a safe evening for those celebrating Halloween on Sixth Street. 
 
Due to expected large crowds on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, Sixth Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Brazos Street to the West Frontage of IH-35. Cross streets will be closed between Fifth and Seventh streets. Closures should be completed by 6 p.m. and towing of vehicles parked on Sixth Street and cross streets (Brazos, San Jacinto, Trinity, Neches, Red River and Sabine) will begin at 6 p.m. Owners of vehicles towed during this time should locate their vehicle using Auto Return’s website (www.autoreturn.com) and have their license plate or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) available. The IH-35 southbound 8th – 3rd Street exit and the IH-35 northbound 6th Street exit may also be closed. Additional IH-35 exit ramps may be closed depending on the amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the 6th Street area. Closures will be dictated by crowd size to ensure pedestrian safety.
                 
APD reminds citizens planning to be on Sixth Street that: 

  • No illegal weapons of any type will be allowed. Anyone with illegal items will be subject to arrest and the property is subject to seizure.
  • Open containers of alcohol are prohibited on Sixth Street
  • Glass containers are prohibited on Sixth Street

Don’t drink and drive. APD will be conducting a NO REFUSAL initiative. 

APD offers Halloween safety tips for children and adults

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 11:39

The Austin Police Department encourages safety and supervision for children throughout the year, especially on Halloween. It is important for parents to follow a few safety precautions as children take to neighborhood streets for traditional trick-or-treating.

  • Know your trick-or-treater's route
  • Take a flashlight
  • Be sure costumes, shoes, and treat bags are safe
  • Remind children not to enter a stranger's home or car
  • Set rules about not eating treats until your children are home. Inspect all treats before allowing kids to eat them.
  • Candy that has been opened should be thrown away. Any homemade treats or fruit should be inspected closely and discretion used as to whether to consume.
  • Remember drivers have a hard time seeing people, especially at dusk
  • Never cross the street from between parked cars
  • Watch open flames from jack-o-lanterns as they present a fire hazard for costumes and long wigs. Review the "stop, drop and roll" procedure in case your costume catches on fire.
  • Only visit well-lit houses. Do not stop at dark houses.
  • Don't enter any homes unless you know the people
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag -- in case it breaks or your original one is filled
  • Make sure fake knives, swords, and guns are made from cardboard or other flexible materials to avoid accidental injury or having them mistaken for the real thing
  • Don't cut across yards. Use sidewalks and stay out of back yards.
  • Follow traffic signals and do not jaywalk or cross at mid-block
  • Always watch for cars backing up or turning
  • Never accept rides from strangers
  • Respect other people and their property
  • Be polite and say "thank you"

It is also important to ensure that your home is safe and accessible to trick-or-treaters. There are some very simple steps to make the evening safe for everyone.

  • Turn on your porch light
  • Move lit jack-o-lanterns to a safe area for fire safety. Kids often trick-or-treat in groups and the area may get congested.
  • Remove objects from your yard that might present a hazard
  • Drive slowly all evening.  You never know what little “creature” may suddenly cross your path.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police

For adults celebrating Halloween, there are some things to consider when wearing that "perfect" costume.

  • Make sure any accessories, such as fake guns, knives, and other potentially dangerous items are not mistaken for the real thing
  • Fire safety and visibility are important for adult costumes. Apply the same standards to adult costumes as you do to your children's.
  • Remember adults that are dressed up can be scary to young children

The Austin Police Department wishes everyone a safe and fun Halloween.

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