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APD weekend No Refusal DWI enforcement initiative

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:56
The Austin Police Department announced a weekend No Refusal DWI initiative which began the weekend of January 6, 2017 and continues to run each weekend through September 2017. Every installment of the weekend initiative will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each Friday and Saturday night through Sunday morning.   No Refusal will take place this weekend, Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The next No Refusal Initiative will run from Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 – Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and will be operational between the hours of 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.    As with previous No Refusal initiatives, during these dates/times there will be detectives available to assist in applying for a blood search warrant in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the No Refusal initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur. The expansion of the initiative is made possible by grants from the Texas Department of Transportation.   “No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” said Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit." It is 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 is to remind everyone that their 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. The Austin Police Department is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement.  

Murder #25 Update

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:00
Case:          17-2600207   Date:          Sunday, September 17, 2017   Time:          Approximately 2:08 a.m.   Location:    200 block E. 6th St.   Deceased:  Marques W. Johnson, an African American male, born 03/03/1984   Nathan Raynard Marshall, Black male, 28 years of age, has been charged with manslaughter, a 2nd degree felony, following a fatal attack on Marques Johnson Sunday, September 17, 2017 at approximately 2:08 a.m.  His bond has been set at $100,000.   Marshall was being held in the Travis County Jail for Assault on a Public Servant when he was charged with manslaughter.  His bond for that is set at $50,000.    Austin Police were flagged down about a man who had been knocked unconscious. When officers arrived they observed Marques Johnson lying in the street with a crowd formed around him. Officers moved the crowd back and assisted EMS through the crowd to get Johnson on a stretcher. He was then taken by ambulance to Dell Seton in critical condition where he later died from his injuries.   Witnesses told police that Marques had exchanged words with Marshall and a Caucasian male who were together. Following the argument, Marques turned and walked away. The two men followed Marques. The Caucasian male threw an object at Marques striking him.  Marques stopped and turned to face the men when Marshall punched Marques who fell to the ground. Both men then fled.   Detectives are still interested in talking with the Caucasian male who was with Nathan Marshall that morning and ask that anyone with information regarding his identity or this incident 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.   Booking Photo for Nathan Marshall:  

Senator John Cornyn presents Congressional Badge of Bravery to APD Officer Carlos Lopez

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:56
Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) joined Austin Police Chief Brian Manley and Mayor Steve Adler at the Austin Police Department headquarters to present Officer Carlos Lopez with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery.   Officer Lopez earned the Award for his response to an active shooter at the Omni Hotel downtown Austin in July 2015.  The gunman, Michael Holt, had shot and killed an innocent bystander when Officer Lopez arrived on the scene.  Holt opened fire at Officer Lopez, who returned fire and fatally wounded Holt, ending the threat.   The Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery was created by Congress in 2008 with the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act to honor those who have shown exceptional bravery in the line of duty.  

Murder #25

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:30

Case:          17-2600207
 
Date:           Sunday, September 17, 2017
 
Time:           Approximately 2:08 a.m.
 
Location:     200 block E. 6th St.
 
Deceased:   Marques W. Johnson, an African American male, born 03/03/1984
 
On Sunday, September 17, 2017 at approximately 2:08 a.m. an Austin Police officer was flagged down about a man who had been knocked unconscious. When officers arrived they observed Marques Johnson lying in the street with a crowd formed around him. Officers moved the crowd back and assisted Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services through the crowd to get Johnson on a stretcher. He was then taken to an awaiting ambulance to Dell Seton Medical Center in critical condition. Johnson remained in critical condition until today when he passed away.
 
Witnesses told police that Marques had exchanged words with an African American male and a Caucasian male who were together. After the verbal exchange, Marques, who was with his wife, turned and walked away. The two men followed Marques. The Caucasian male threw an object at Marques which struck him.  Marques stopped and turned to face the men. The African American male then punched Marques who fell to the ground. Both men then ran away.
 
The suspect who struck Marques is described as:
 
African American male approximately 25 years of age, 5’10” to 6’.  Short curly black hair, blue or light-colored eyes and a beard. He was wearing a light colored shirt with blue jeans.
 
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.

Photos of Johnson and his wife below:
  

APD seeking assistance locating sexual assault suspect

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:26

The Austin Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in a sexual assault case. On Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at approximately 5:45 a.m., a female was jogging on the hike and bike trail near East Ave. and Cummings St. The female was on the trail prior to being sexually assaulted by an unknown male. Another jogger heard the female scream, intervened and stopped the sexual assault.
 
The suspect is described as: 

  • White or Hispanic male
  • 5’10” to 6’0”
  • 215-250 lbs
  • Shaggy short hair

Last seen wearing:

  • Blue jeans
  • No shirt
  • No shoes

 The Austin Police Department Sex Crimes Unit is currently following up on all leads as part of the ongoing investigation, including looking into whether the Austin High School case is related.
 
APD is working closely with the Parks and Recreation Department. In addition, the Department increased patrols and officer presence on and around the trail.
 
It is important to remember that sexual assault cases are sensitive in nature and it takes time to gather detailed information. APD will share more information as soon as it is available.
 
APD reminds the public to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times including when exercising outdoors. 
 
Anyone with information is asked to call (512) 974-5095, 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 #46

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:46

Case:            17-2500282
 
Date:             Thursday, September 7, 2017
 
Time:             5:49 a.m.
 
Location:       6600 block of McNeil Dr.
 
Deceased:     Sterlin Adreon Milam, Black male (D.O.B. 12-3-78)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2012 Dodge Ram was traveling westbound in the 6600 block of McNeil Drive in the outside lane. A pedestrian, identified as Sterlin Adreon Milam, was standing in the roadway when he was struck by the Dodge Ram’s left front.   
 
Sterlin Adreon Milam was pronounced deceased at the scene.
 
The driver remained at 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) 974-8164. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 46th fatal traffic crash and the 48th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 47 fatal traffic crashes and 47 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
  

Seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect in failure to stop and render aid crash

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:45

Case:             17-2541354
 
Date:             Monday, September 11, 2017
 
Time:             Approximately 6:23 p.m.
 
Location:       7200 block of Cameron Rd.

The Austin Police Department Leaving the Scene Unit is seeking assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in a failure to stop and render aid crash.
The auto vs. pedestrian crash occurred Monday, September 11, 2017 at approximately 6:23 p.m. in the 7200 block of Cameron Rd.

The victim, a 13 year old juvenile, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Suspect is described as:
·         Hispanic male
·         Bald
 
Suspect Vehicle description:
·         Chevy Malibu 4-door
·         Possibly silver in color
·         Dark tinted windows

Surveillance video of incident:

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Austin Police Department at the APD HEC-LTS Unit at 512-974-5789 or Capital Area Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477 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 seeking assistance in Burglary of Business

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:43

The APD Commercial Burglary Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the individuals responsible for a Burglary of a Business in Austin on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.
 
The suspect entered a restricted area of a car dealership and committed a theft.  The suspect then attempted to sell the stolen property at another location.   
 
The suspect is described as: 

  • White or Hispanic Male
  • 28-35 years of age
  • Approximately 5’5”, 150 lbs.
  • Dark Hair
  • Last seen wearing a black hat, black punisher t-shirt and jeans 

This case remains under investigation by APD Commercial Burglary detectives.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Burglary Unit at (512) 974-6941 or (512) 974-7703.  You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
 
Surveillance photos of the suspect are below:
  

APD weekend No Refusal DWI enforcement initiative

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:39

The Austin Police Department announced a weekend No Refusal DWI initiative which began the weekend of January 6, 2017 and continues to run each weekend through September 2017. Every installment of the weekend initiative will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each Friday and Saturday night through Sunday morning.

No Refusal will take place this weekend, Friday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. The next No Refusal Initiative will run from Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 – Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017 and will be operational between the hours of 10 p.m.-5 a.m. 
 
As with previous No Refusal initiatives, during these dates/times there will be detectives available to assist in applying for a blood search warrant in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the No Refusal initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur. The expansion of the initiative is made possible by grants from the Texas Department of Transportation.
 
“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” said Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit." It is 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 is to remind everyone that their 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. The Austin Police Department is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement. 

Murder #24

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 11:52

Case:          17-2551152
 
Date:           Tuesday, September 12, 2017
 
Time:           4:31 p.m.
 
Location:    1701 E. Parmer Lane
 
Deceased:  Alfred A. Lockett, an African-American male, born 11/27/1968
 
On Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at approximately 4:31 p.m. Austin Police officers responded to a shooting call at the CVS Pharmacy at 1701 E. Parmer. Upon arrival, officers observed Alfred Lockett lying on the ground outside of his teal colored Infiniti. He had sustained obvious trauma to his body. Several citizens on scene had removed Mr. Lockett from the Infiniti in an attempt to save him. Austin-Travis County EMS also arrived and took over resuscitation efforts, however Lockett succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced on scene at 4:48 p.m.
 
Witnesses reported seeing a red Toyota being followed by a teal Infiniti. Both vehicles were driving at a high rate of speed northbound on Dessau Rd. Upon approaching the E. Parmer lane intersection, the Toyota turned into the CVS parking lot followed by the Infiniti. Both vehicles came to a stop. The driver of the Toyota exited and walked back toward Lockett who remained sitting inside the Infiniti. The driver of the Toyota raised a handgun and fired into Lockett from several feet away. The Toyota driver walked back to his car and drove from the scene.
 
The driver of the Toyota is described as a Hispanic or Caucasian male, approximately 5’10”, thin build and short brown hair. He is described as possibly being in his late 20s to 30s.
 
The Toyota is described as possibly being a red Camry with dark tinted windows with black rims.
 
Homicide detectives are speaking with witnesses and also attempting to determine if this was a road rage incident or if both men knew each other previously.
 
The Travis County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy this morning.
 
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.

APD Officers participated in San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:06

On Monday, September 11, 2017, Austin Police Officers honored fallen 9/11 heroes by participating in the San Antonio 110 floor 9/11 Memorial Climb (SA110) at The Tower of the Americas. The 110 Memorial Climb, which is held at locations throughout the Country, was created to pay tribute to 343 fallen NYFD Firefighters. The SA110 is unique because it also pays tribute to 70 fallen Law Enforcement Officers and nine fallen Emergency Medical Services personnel who perished at Ground Zero.

SA110 participants climbed the stairs twice at The Tower of the Americas to reach (and actually exceed) the 110 floors of the World Trade Center. Each participant carried an accountability tag around their neck with the name and photo of a fallen hero. With their climbs complete, each participant rang a bell and placed the tag on a tribute board – an action that symbolized that every fallen hero has been accounted for. Once at the base of the Tower again, participants signed the name of the first responder they honored on the Remembrance Flag.

Today, APD officers carried 12 of the 70 tags for fallen 9/11 Law Enforcement Officers.
  

Traffic Fatality #45

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:11

Case:            17-2361605
 
Date:             Thursday, August 24, 2017
 
Time:             8:28 p.m.
 
Location:      1600 block of IH-35
 
Deceased:     Frances Berry, White female (D.O.B. 7-22-30)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2002 white Dodge Dakota was traveling in the middle lane of northbound IH-35 when the driver struck a trailer being towed by a truck tractor.

The passenger in the Dodge Dakota, Frances Berry, was transported to the hospital and died as a result of her injuries on Saturday, September 2, 2017.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the APD Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-8164. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 43rd  fatal traffic crash and the 45th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 47 fatal traffic crashes and 47 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

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:09

Case:            17-2481396
 
Date:             Tuesday, September 5, 2017
 
Time:             7:16 p.m.
 
Location:       4300 Block of U.S. Highway 183 Southbound
 
Deceased:     Ashley Clark, Black female (D.O.B. 5-28-89)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a silver 2006 Jeep Liberty was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 183 when it struck a blue 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, left the roadway and crashed through residential fences.
 
The driver of the Jeep was pronounced deceased at the scene. There were no other injuries.
 
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 44th  fatal traffic crash and the 46th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 47 fatal traffic crashes and 47 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

APD No Refusal DWI Enforcement Initiative

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 13:17

The Austin Police Department announced a weekend No Refusal DWI initiative which began the weekend of January 6, 2017 and continues to run each weekend through September 2017. Every installment of the weekend initiative will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. each Friday and Saturday night through Sunday morning.
 
No Refusal will take place this weekend, Friday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The next No Refusal Initiative will run from Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 – Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 and will be operational between the hours of 10 p.m.-5 a.m.
 
As with previous No Refusal initiatives, during these dates/times there will be detectives available to assist in applying for a blood search warrant in cases where a suspect under arrest for DWI refuses to provide a voluntary sample of breath or blood. By expanding the No Refusal initiative to all weekends instead of just holidays, APD hopes to deter drinking and driving when it is most likely to occur. The expansion of the initiative is made possible by grants from the Texas Department of Transportation.
 
“No Refusal is not about making as many arrests as we can,” said Lt. Blake Johnson with APD’s Highway Enforcement Unit." It is 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 is to remind everyone that their 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. The Austin Police Department is focused on saving lives in the Austin metropolitan area and making roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement. 

Operation SPERO

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:21

In June of 2017, the Street Narcotics unit of the APD Organized Crime Division began a multi-week operation involving narcotic sales around the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH). Over the last three years, approximately 86 different drug dealers were identified and arrested selling drugs to the homeless around the ARCH. These dealers typically prey on an already vulnerable population who often struggle with drug/alcohol addiction, mental illness, unemployment and lack of stable housing.   

The Street Narcotics unit focused their operation on persons selling narcotics rather than those using narcotics. The teams identified persons who were actively selling narcotics outside the ARCH and then purchased narcotics from those persons. This operation focused solely on crack-cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The operation produced 80 crack-cocaine cases and 1 heroin case.   

In total, the Street Narcotics team used undercover officers to purchase narcotics from 81 suspects in an 8-day period from June 20, 2017 through July 20, 2017.  

Between all 81 suspects, there are 16 convictions for weapons, 19 convictions for Robbery, 4 convictions for Rape, 110 convictions for selling drugs, 148 convictions for possessing drugs, 17 convictions for auto theft, 73 convictions for Theft, 22 convictions for Burglary of Residence/Buildings, 6 Sex Offenders and 99 convictions for Assaults of varying degrees. 

Eighty suspects are adults and one suspect is a 16-year-old juvenile. 

Fifty three percent of all suspects have addresses outside of downtown and come to the ARCH to sell drugs and go back home after they are finished. 
The drug dealers captured in this operation were not seen entering or receiving services at the ARCH and were only observed outside selling drugs to homeless persons or persons who appeared homeless. One drug dealer told an undercover officer that his girlfriend picks him up about 9 p.m. every night after he’s done selling. A crimestoppers tip identified a person under investigation who drives to the ARCH nightly to sell crack-cocaine.   

Through Operations Sabine Sweep, Venta Dura 1, Venta Dura 2, Thunderstruck and Operation Spero, a common behavior was identified among many of the drug dealers—they come from outside of downtown and take advantage of the homeless population to sell drugs. 

The APD Street Narcotics unit worked with the officers of the Downtown Area Command (DTAC), APD’s Real Time Crime Center (RTCC) and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office on this operation.     
      
“SPERO” is latin for Hope.
 

Traffic Fatality #42

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:20

Case:            17-2460227
 
Date:            Sunday, September 3, 2017
 
Time:            2:22 a.m.
 
Location:      North U.S. Highway 183 nb service road and Pecan Park Blvd.
 
Deceased:    Spencer Bernard Johnson II, Black male (D.O.B. 7-12-84)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2007 beige Kia Spectra was traveling northbound on the U.S. Highway 183 service road, drove through the intersection of Pecan Park Boulevard and struck the steel utility pole at the Northwest corner of the intersection. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced deceased at 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) 974-8255. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 42nd  fatal traffic crash and the 44th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 47 fatal traffic crashes and 47 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.
  

Murder #23

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:16

Case:          17-1711714
 
Date:           June 20, 2017
 
Time:           9:58 p.m.
 
Location:     200 Prince Dr.
    
Deceased:   Edgar Carbajal, Hispanic male, (D.O.B. 09-11-90)
 
Arrested:     Erica Yanet Flores, Hispanic female (41 years of age)
 
On June 20, 2017, at approximately 9:58 p.m., Austin Police officers responded to a deceased persons call at 200 Prince Dr. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and evaluated Edgar Carbajal, who was subsequently pronounced deceased at 10:04 p.m. Based on the decedent’s age (26) and the fact that he had been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy from birth, a Homicide detective and a Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office investigator responded to the residence for further investigation. During the on-scene investigation, there were concerns by both investigating entities of severe neglect to the decedent. An autopsy was performed the following day. 
 
On August 29, 2017, the completed autopsy report was obtained by the lead Homicide detective. The official cause of death was ruled as pneumonia caused by bacteremia, due to pressure ulcers from the cerebral palsy. The manner of death was ruled a Homicide. Based on the autopsy findings and interviews, the Homicide unit consulted with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office and the criminal charge of Injury to a Disabled Individual by Omission, a 1st Degree Felony, was determined to be the most appropriate charge to file based on the facts of the case. 
 
On September 7, 2017, an arrest warrant was issued for Edgar Carbajal’s mother, Erica Yanet Flores. Flores was arrested for this warrant and booked into the Travis County Jail on a $75,000 bond. 

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.

A booking photo of Erica Yanet Flores is below:


 

Traffic Fatality #43

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:26

Case:            17-2471532
 
Date:             Monday, September 4, 2017
 
Time:             9:40 p.m.
 
Location:      1500 block of Wells Branch Parkway
 
Deceased:     Richard Stacy Stader, White male (D.O.B. 1-26-80)
 
The preliminary investigation shows that a 2010 blue Honda Accord was traveling westbound on Wells Branch Parkway at the IH-35 southbound service road when a pedestrian crossed north against the traffic signal and was struck by the driver of the Honda. The driver fled immediately following the crash. The suspect vehicle was located but the driver has yet to be located.

The pedestrian, Richard Stacy Stader, was pronounced deceased at 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) 974-8255. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android. This is Austin’s 43rd  fatal traffic crash and the 45th fatality of 2017. At this time in 2016, there were 47 fatal traffic crashes and 47 traffic fatalities.
 
These statements are based on the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

2017 Labor Day No Refusal Stats

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:21

The 2017 Labor Day No Refusal Initiative, which ran 24/7 from 10 p.m. August 18 through 5 a.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2017, has concluded. 
 
Total DWI arrests during No Refusal period= 216
 
Blood Search Warrants:        97
Consent Breath Samples:     85
Consent Blood Samples:      34
 
Of those arrests, the following number had enhanced DWI charges:
 
Class A Misd DWI (with prior conviction) =                       23
Class A Misd (breath sample over .15) =                           39
Felony DWI (2 or more prior convictions) =                      15
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. 
 

APD seeking assistance locating assault suspect

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 16:21

The Austin Police Department is requesting the assistance of the public in locating the following person and/or vehicle. On August 22, 2017, around 5 a.m., a female was jogging on the track at Austin High School. After completing several laps, the female victim was grabbed from behind, “bear hug” style and the suspect tried to put a cloth over her mouth. After a brief struggle, the victim was able to run away and call police. The victim observed the suspect and his vehicle multiple times at this location prior to this incident.
 
The suspect is described as: 

  •  White male
  • Mid 40’s
  • 6’0” to 6’2”
  • Medium build
  • 215lbs
  • Broad shoulders
  • Tan skin
  • Unkempt medium length brown hair
  • No body or facial hair

Last seen wearing:

  • No shirt
  • Shorts
  • Work boots

Suspect vehicle:

  • Older model small car
  • Dark green or blue

The victim observed some kind of white stripes on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call (512) 974-5095, 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.

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