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Homicides In Austin: The Last 6 Months of 2021

By Every Texan

Austin Homicides: The Last Six Months of 2021 is part 2 of 2 articles. Read more here for Austin Homicides: The First Six Months of 2021.

Christopher Isaiah Martinez (TCSO Photo)

Homicide # 101 

Case: 
Date:  Sunday, December 14, 2021,  9:54 p.m.
Location: 13500 block of James Garfield St at Rutherford B Hays Street – that’s just north of 290 in the Presidential Meadows neighborhood
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Jose Cruz Rivera, Hispanic male, aged 25 – Gunshot wound
Suspect: Christopher Isaiah Martinez, Hispanic male, 25 years of age

Christopher Martinez (APD Photo)

At 9:54 pm on December 14, 2021, TCSO deputies responded to a report of a person shot in the 13500 block of James Garfield Street. Upon arrival, deputies found a male in his twenties, deceased, with a gunshot wound.
Detectives are actively investigating the incident. Evidence collected, along with witness statements indicates this was an isolated incident.
Court documents show Rivera and his girlfriend, who knew Martinez, had asked Martinez to drop off K2 (a synthetic cannabinoid). When he arrived, hours later, Rivera and Martinez got in a verbal argument outside the home and several shots were fired, documents said.
This is the twelfth homicide TCSO has worked this year, and the third homicide in the last week.
TCSO has obtained a warrant for the arrest of Christopher Isaiah Martinez, 25, a transient who has been seen in the Riverside/Pleasant Valley area, for Murder. Bond is set at $500,000. Martinez is suspected of killing Jose Cruz Rivera, 25 of Manor.
Martinez was arrested by the APD Monday, January 24, 2022 after a caller gave his location and description.

 

 

Kathleen Wylumva Ngongoseke (U.S. Marshals Photo)

Homicide # 100 

Catherine Lyamvi Ngongoseke (Dignity Memorial Photo)

Case:
Date:  Thursday, December 9, 2021, 9:58 a.m.
Location:  300 block of Buffalo Ridge Dr, just south of Twin Creek Rd and west of I-35
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Catherine Lyamvi Ngongoseke, Black female, born 12/9/1961, aged 60 – Multiple stab wounds
Suspect: Kathleen Wylumva Ngongoseke, Black female, 27 years of age

At 9:58 a.m. on December 9, 2021, TCSO deputies responded to a Check Welfare call in the 300 block of Buffalo Ridge Dr. The caller reported that large packages were “piling up” in front of a neighbor’s home. The neighbor hadn’t been seen in several days and the caller was concerned about the neighbor’s well-being.
Deputies discovered Catherine Lyamvi Ngongoseke, 60 of California, deceased inside the home. Ngongoseke had multiple stab wounds.
Detectives are actively working the case and have developed a person of interest, who has reportedly left the country. TCSO said investigators believe the victim knew the suspect.
A murder warrant was issued for Catherine’s daughter, 27-year-old Kathleen Wylumva Ngongoseke, but she had fled the country.
U.S. Marshals said Kathleen Ngongoseke was apprehended in the Republic of Tanzania. It is interesting to note that 34 percent of Tanzania is Muslim.
Tanzanian law enforcement officers arrested Ngongoseke on an immigration violation in December 2021. U.S. Marshals traveled to Dar es Salaam and took her into custody on Monday, Feb. 7 and took her back to the United States the following day.
She is currently in a jail facility in New York until she can be extradited back to Texas. Her bond is set at $500,000.

 

Wylumva Ngongoseke (TCSO Photo)

 

 

Wylumva Ngongoseke was booked into the Travis County Jail on 11/10/2021, charged with VIOL BOND/PROTECTIVE ORDER, only to be released from jail to stab her mother to death a month later.

Record: 11221755 / Booking: 2119945 / Charge: 3399-0 VIOL BOND/PROTECTIVE ORDER

 

 

 

John Paul Rangel (Williamson County Sheriff’s Office Photo)

Homicide # 99 

Case: 
Date:  Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 11:02 a.m.
Location: Allegre Point Apartment Complex garage, 1833 Cheddar Loop near the Best Western off of Interstate 35
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Joseph Neal, Black male, born August 29, 1985 aged 36 – Gunshot wound
Suspect: John Paul Rangel, Hispanic male, 23 years of age 

Joseph “Jay” Neal, Jr. (Elgin Funeral Home Photo)

At 11:02 am on December 8, 2021, deputies responded to a check welfare call at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Cheddar Loop. JOSEPH NEAL, 36 of Austin was found deceased, with a gunshot wound. He was located inside a vehicle that was parked inside a garage in the Wells Branch neighborhood near Pflugerville. TCSO said that even though Neal was found in Pflugerville, further investigation revealed that his murder took place in Taylor, Texas.
Evidence at the scene revealed the wound was not self-inflicted and the nature of the investigation changed from Deceased Person to Murder.
Detectives are following several leads and have conducted interviews with people close to Neal.

John Rangel

TCSO announced 12/9/2021 that John Paul Rangel, 23, was arrested and charged for the murder of a 36-year-old Joseph Neal of Austin.

Rangel was arrested by U.S. Marshals and is now in custody in Williamson County, TCSO officials said.
TCSO said it remains the investigating agency on this case and is grateful to Taylor Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance.

This is the 10th homicide of the year the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is working. The next day, there was a death in a different home in Travis County, which is not related to this incident.

John Rangel was booked into the Travis County Jail on 8/12/2019, charged with Request To Apprehend-Violation Of Parole. Record: 11043844 / Booking: 1923579 / Charge: 4000-0 REQUEST TO APPREHEND (means a law enforcement agency wants an individual found, arrested, and held)-VIOLATION OF PAROLE

 

Homicide # 98 

Case:
Date:  Thursday, June 10, 2021
Location:  Stonebridge Health Rehab, 11127 Circle Dr, near U.S. Highway 290
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Mary Wynn, White female, born 8/1/1928, aged 93 – Assault
Suspect: 79-year old roommate; Information not released by TCSO

 

Mary Wynn (San Antonio Express-News Photo)
93 year old woman murdered. No charges filed by Travis County DA Jose Garza

On June 10, 2021, deputies responded to a memory care facility in the 11100 block of Circle Dr. The incident involved an elderly woman who was assaulted by her 79-year-old roommate. MARY WYNN, 93 of Austin, TX sustained injuries and was hospitalized.
Wynn died August 11, 2021 (at that time, living at a different care facility). On December 1, 2021, TCSO was notified by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office that their investigation ruled the death a homicide because Wynn died of injuries sustained during the assault on June 10, 2021.

TCSO has been working closely with the Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza’s Office throughout the investigation and no charges will be filed.

 

 

Homicide # 97 

Case:
Date:  Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Location: 23200 block of Alicia Dr,  just north of Hogeye Road
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Thomas “Tommy” Walker, White male, 7/10/1977, aged 44 – Gunshot
Suspect: Male; Information not released by TCSO

At approximately 10:30 am on November 6, 2021, deputies responded to the 23200 block of Alicia Drive. A 911 caller reported that someone on the property had been shot.
When deputies arrived, they found THOMAS WALKER, 44 of Elgin, TX deceased, outside a trailer home on the property.
TCSO says. Police attempted CPR on Walker, but were unsuccessful in reviving the man. When deputies arrived on scene, the suspect was waiting for them, identified himself and willingly turned himself in to deputies, Walker and the suspect are known to each other but are not blood relatives. The suspect has been interviewed by detectives. No arrest has been made. The investigation is active and ongoing.

 

Two murder suspects were captured on security camera footage (TCSO Photo)

Homicide # 96 

Case: 
Date:  Sunday, October 31, 2021, 10:38 p.m.
Location: 14400 block of Harris Ridge Blvd, near Sebastian Bend and  southeast of Wells Branch Parkway
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased: Eduardo Jaramillo, Hispanic male, aged 18 – Gunshot wound

Suspect 1:  Male wearing a black Halloween cape with a hood, long pants and white tennis shoes Suspect 2:  Male wearing wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a large design on the front, pants and dark socks with light-colored slides.
At 10:38 pm on October 31, 2021, TCSO responded to a 911 report of a deceased person in a car in the 14400 block of Harris Ridge Blvd. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the body of Eduardo “Lalo” Jaramillo, 18 of Pflugerville with a gunshot wound.
Detectives responded to the scene and worked throughout the night.
Update November 22, 2021: The Travis County sheriff’s office is searching for two men suspected in the shooting death of an 18-year-old teenager killed in Pflugerville on Halloween.
The body of Eduardo “Lalo” Jaramillo was found in his car at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 31  in the 14400 block of Harris Ridge Blvd in Pflugerville, according to a sheriff’s news release. They said he had been shot.
The sheriff’s office has released a video of the two men walking near a car and are asking for the public’s help in identifying them.
One of the men is wearing a black Halloween cape with a hood, long pants and white tennis shoes.
The other man is wearing a hooded sweatshirt with a large design on the front, pants and dark socks with light-colored slides.
Jaramillo went to Connally High School and lived in Pflugerville, according to his Facebook page. Investigators declined to release further information about him.

Leo Sanders (Travis County Jail Photo)

Homicide # 95 

Case: 
Date:  Thursday, October 21, 2021, 10:16 p.m.
Location: 8000 block of Decker Ln
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Male, aged 17 – Gunshot wound
Suspect: Leo Sanders, Hispanic male, 17 years of age 

At 10:16 pm on October 21, 2021, deputies responded to a report of a 17 year-old male with a gunshot wound in the 8000 block of Decker Ln. When deputies arrived on scene, they found the victim in a car, in immediate need of medical attention. The victim was treated by ATCEMS, who transported him to a local hospital, where he later died.
Detectives worked throughout the night, conducting interviews and collecting evidence at the scene. They were able to identify a suspect and the afternoon of October 22, 2021, they obtained and executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence.
The suspect, LEO SANDERS, 17, of Austin was arrested at 2:00 pm on October 22, 2021. He will be booked into the Travis County Jail, charged with Murder.
Leo Sanders was booked into the Travis County Jail on 10/22/2021, charged with REQUEST TO APPREHEND/MURDER. Record: 11220512 / Booking: 2118696 / Charge: 4000-0 REQUEST TO APPREHEND/MURDER

 

Esdras Escobar (Travis County Jail Photo)      

Homicide # 94

Case:
Date:  Monday, September 27, 2021, 3:12 p.m.
Location: Churchill Crossing apartment complex, 14100 Thermal Dr in the Wells Branch area near Northwest Elementary School
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased: Unidentified male, aged 16 – Gunshot wound
Suspect: Esdras Escobar, Hispanic male, 17 years of age

At 3:12 pm on September 27, 2021, deputies responded to an apartment complex in the 14100 block of Thermal Drive. A 911 caller reported an individual had been shot.
When deputies arrived, they discovered a 16 year-old male unresponsive inside the apartment with a gunshot wound. Pflugerville Fire and EMS personnel responded but the male was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Detectives observed that evidence at the scene was not consistent with suicide. Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide and are actively pursuing leads via physical evidence and interviews with parties known to the decedent.
Evidence collected indicates this was an isolated incident, involving parties known to each other. No arrests have been made. Detectives have been interviewing witnesses.

Update October 8, 2021: Esdras Escobar, 17, is charged with criminally negligent homicide, a state jail felony, for the death of the unidentified 16-year-old. The sheriff’s office says the victim was Escobar’s friend.

TCSO said it will not be releasing the 16-year-old’s identity.
Escobar has been booked into the Travis County Jail under a $50,000.00 bond.

Ronald Glen Falkquay and Sista Christina Fabian (Travis County Jail Photo)

Homicide # 93 

Case: 21-1980686
Date:  Saturday, July 17, 2021, 9:07 p.m.
Location: Dessau Mini Mart parking lot, 12915 Dessau Rd, across from Dessau Middle School
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased: Male died at local hospital, late Saturday night – Gunshot
Suspect 1: Ronald Glen Falkquay, Black male, 31 years of ageSuspect 2: Sista Christina Fabian, Hispanic female, 33 years of age

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Ronald Glen Falkquay, 31, on a murder warrant for a shooting July 17 at the Dessau Mini Mart, a gas station at 12915 Dessau Rd.
Deputies responded to 911 calls at that location on July 17. They found a victim lying on the ground in the parking lot, who later died at a local hospital.
The Dessau Mini Mart is on the Austin City line, though it’s technically outside the city limit, which puts it in the jurisdiction of the county sheriff.
TCSO said in a statement today that deputies also arrested Sista Christina Fabian, 33, and charged her with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Previously, TCSO said that witnesses saw the murder suspect get into a car with a female passenger.
Attorney information is not listed online yet for Falkquay and Fabian.
Falkquay is charged with murder and Fabian is charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.    Ronald Falkquay was booked into the Travis County Jail on 7/27/2021, charged with REQUEST TO APPREHEND/MURDER. Record: 11214587 / Booking: 2112655 / Charge: 4000-0 REQUEST TO APPREHEND/MURDER
Sista Fabian was booked into the Travis County Jail on 7/27/2021, charged with REQUEST TO APPREHEND/TAMPERING. Record: 11214573 / Booking: 2112642 / Charge: 4000-0 REQUEST TO APPREHEND/TAMPERING
The Dessau Road shooting was the third homicide since May 31 in the unincorporated area between Austin and Pflugerville, including a stabbing on Howard Lane and a shooting near Wells Branch Parkway.

Homicide # 92 

Case:
Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 11:43 p.m.
Location: 2800-block of Halite Bend, just off Wells Branch Parkway, east of Immanuel Road and Dessau Road
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Cornelius Ramon Moore, aged 31 – Gunshot
Suspect: Information not released by TCSO

Sheriff’s deputies got the 9-1-1 call shortly before midnight last night, reporting a man had been shot in the 2800-block of Halite Bend. That’s just off Wells Branch Parkway, east of Immanuel Road and Dessau Road, in the direction of Austin Executive Airport.
When the deputies arrived they located the victim, later identified as Cornelius Ramon Moore, 31, of Bastrop, and began CPR. But they were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased at the scene, according to a news release from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
Additional deputies began searching for suspects. They determined a suspect may be near the 6600-block of Deatonhill Drive near William Cannon Drive in Austin. TCSO requested the assistance of the Austin Police Department (APD) to check that location.
After APD determined a suspect may be present, TCSO patrol, SWAT, and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to the location on Deatonhill. APD located and detained two suspects as TCSO units arrived. One was released after being interviewed by detectives.
Detectives believe at least one of the suspects was known to the decedent.

Jose Fernando Martinez-Ruiz (Travis County Jail Photo)

Homicide # 91 

Case: 
Date:  Monday, Memorial Day, May 31, 2021, 11:39 a.m.
Location: 500-block of E Howard Ln, which is an unincorporated area between Austin and Pflugerville
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased:  Jose Vicente Fernandez-Olveda, aged 48 – Stabbing
Suspect: Jose Fernando Martinez-Ruiz, Hispanic male, 32 years of age 

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide in the 500-block of E. Howard Lane. At 11:39 a.m. on May 31, 2021, a 911 caller reported a man stabbed someone and was threatening a second person.
Deputies arrived at the scene minutes later and located the suspect, who immediately surrendered, was taken into custody without incident, and was transported to the hospital for treatment. TCSO didn’t say why.  About the same time, deputies found an adult male deceased in a building behind a home. The suspect was then transported by Austin-Travis County EMS to a local hospital for treatment. Detectives believe the suspect was known to the decedent.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the decedent’s identity and cause of death. The identity will be released upon confirmation and notification of next of kin.
On Friday [June 4, 2021], the TCSO identified the victim as 48-year-old Jose Vicente Fernandez-Olveda of Mexico.

Update June 11, 2021: According to the arrest affidavit for Martinez-Ruiz, a caller reported just after 11:30 a.m. someone had stabbed and killed his uncle. The caller said the suspect was still on the porch, and he and his mother, the victim’s sister, had barricaded themselves inside the home.
Deputies responded a short while later and found the suspect outside near the garage, according to the affidavit. Martinez-Ruiz was detained, and the affidavit stated he was saying suicidal things.
Martinez-Ruiz was taken to the hospital because he began vomiting blood and had injuries to his hands.
Afterward, the caller and his mother led deputies to a shed near the home where Fernandez-Olveda’s body was found with multiple stab wounds, according to the affidavit. He was pronounced dead on scene.
The caller and mom told deputies Martinez-Ruiz had recently lost his job and apartment, and Fernandez-Olveda allowed him to live with them at the house since May 28. They described Martinez-Ruiz as polite but was recently acting strange and was paranoid due to drug use.
By Sunday, May 30, the family asked Martinez-Ruiz to find another place to live, the affidavit said. Fernandez-Olveda continued to help him, but Martinez-Ruiz’s paranoia escalated into him reportedly stabbing Fernandez-Olveda, according to the family, because he believed Fernandez-Olveda wanted to harm him.

Homicide # 90 

Case: 
Date: Friday, February 19, 2021, 8:50 a.m.
Location: 2800 block of Halite Bend in the Wells Branch area in northern Travis County
Austin City Council Government Member: NA
Deceased: Two adult males
Suspect: Information not released by TCSO

TCSO Working Apparent Murder/Suicide
At 8:50 am on February 19, 2021, TCSO responded to a report of a murder/suicide in the 2800 block of Halite Bend. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the bodies of two adult males. Both were deceased and had sustained gunshot wounds.
At approximately 12:00 pm, TCSO was granted authority to search the residence and detectives are currently investigating the incident. Evidence at this point supports the 911 caller’s report.
The decedents are relatives. Detectives are actively working to determine what led to the deadly incident.
Investigators think one man fatally shot another man in the home before then killing himself. Sheriff’s Major Craig Smith, who spoke with Travis County leaders during an emergency meeting Friday, said it appeared the homicide was the result of a family dispute.

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez Compares Her Employees To Slaves

February 7, 2019 – Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez celebrated Black History Month by releasing her idea of a “motivational” video comparing her 1,700 employees to slave labor.
The video begins innocuously, with Hernandez exercising on a rowing machine and discussing individual goals for 2019, such as fitness or completing one’s certifications, such as the “row test” – officially, the Physical Readiness Test, a timed 2,000-meter row with passing grades based on an officer’s age, gender, and weight.
The video takes a quick turn for the worse, however, as the smiling sheriff dissolves into the galley scene from Ben-Hur (the Charlton Heston version), where he and the other slaves are ordered to “row faster!” The next shot is of a TCSO row test, with Hernandez in official uniform looking on as instructors prod a class of cadets with jump ropes meant to imitate whips.
Austin should feel sorry for the men and women who have had to deal with this type of abuse. Hernandez is the person “leading” the men and women that protect the Austin community. Hernandez could have “inspired” the deputies with Olympic rowing comparisons, but instead, she used a depiction of slave labor and whips to “motivate” cadets and their Lieutenant Walker, which is indicative of how she really sees those who work under her. To imply that human beings need to be whipped to work harder or faster is not funny or to think of slavery as a joking matter. Nothing about this video is okay.

Any leader could not get away with this video, especially one that already has a hostile relationship with most of her staff and both of the Associations (Travis County Sheriff’s Office Association (TCSOA) and Travis County Sheriff Law Enforcement Association (TCSLEA)). For her to participate in this (with complete creative control), order her staff to participate, approve and post this video, clearly shows a disconnect from her staff and reality. As far back as 2019, TCSO needed to provide more staff and better resources, especially when they are running off all of the experienced officers and replacing them with cadets. Too much turnover is a recipe for disaster, which has also been concurrently happening with APD.

The second issue in this video is her statement that deputies should “qualify early”. She is disconnected from the process, because she doesn’t even know that qualifying early is not probable for every deputy.

For the people claiming the video wasn’t horrible, then why did she send out an apology email? Shortly after the internal video email, an apology email was sent. If you did no wrong, why the apologies? One county source called it a “failed attempt” at bonding with staff.

A complete copy of the internal video Hernandez deleted was uploaded by a Police Watchdog who had the foresight to make a copy https://youtu.be/iAA9vsQw7Ko , however, the “video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Sally Hernandez.”

 

Within 48 hours, the video had close to 7k views before Hernandez had it pulled from the public. Other than her “failed attempt” at bonding with staff, the following are what some county sources have said about Hernandez’s dehumanizing work environment (2019):
“honestly my heart is broken over this. I know what she did to my family, and this just confirms how she truly sees the deputies. All of them. Every last one. She is not a leader. She is a racist dictator.”
” I feel sorry for those men and women that work there. What utter rubbish and a complete failure of leadership principles.”
“A lack of voter education…and, a lack of courage by Travis County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Association to get vocal, call for a vote of “no-confidence,” and ideally…file a petition to have her removed, as is allowed by Local Government Code (Chapter 87)”
“The 2 associations should get together and file a petition. I’d do it myself if not for the cost involved.”
“Noticeably silent…Travis County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Association and TCSOA which is somewhat understandable.. their presidents and board members are employees and assuredly would be retaliated against…but it’s time to stand up to the oppressors…or hire a civilian president who has nothing to lose!”
“It’s sickening. There is a way that she can be removed from office.”
“she definitely has issues! One of them is her abusive husband whom APD got rid of for police brutality. I would not ever vote for her for Sheriff simply because of him! I would not put it past him that he is abusing her physically and mentally. Vote anyone for Sheriff of Travis County over her. A.J. or John Sisson or Joe Rodriquez would make Great Sheriff’s!”
“Just imagine the outcry if ole sally was a Trump supporter!! She would have been hung,drawn and quartered by the media !”
Sheriff Sally Hernandez has made a string of bad decisions, including promoting 2 admitted felons (POCS, aggravated perjury, indecent exposure) to her admin., running off many other good leaders, 7 marriages, etc. The morale at TCSO is horrible.”
A good leader in any law enforcement agency should instead be tasked “with raising awareness for the need to take care of the mental health of our 1st responders.” Democrat Socialists are doing the opposite – They seek to decimate morale, run off excellent leaders, and instead, replace them with dangerous, harmful criminals that seek to dismantle law enforcement agencies across the nation in Democrat-controlled cities.
“The training academy is incredibly understaffed and they do an amazing job for what they have. To make them participate in this is appalling and makes my stomach turn.”
“The old school officers I came up with would have dropped one of those fools and took their punishment. But that was a different time.”
“I see this as a completely lame ass attempt at some sick humor. It shows very very poor judgement. The behavior is one of the worst things I can ever see anyone doing, not only in the workplace atmosphere but IN UNIFORM. EPIC STUPID!!!”
“..how did she sell this idea ? “and you guys walk around and act like your whipping people””
“..because slavery is funny ! That’s the most bizarre “motivational” video as I’ve ever seen.”
“Was this shit supposed to be funny?? You can SEE the pissed off looks and irritation on the faces of those officers. In what parallel universe did she think this was a good idea?? Lord, if I ever go back to law enforcement it will NOT be with her as sheriff. I’m completely disgusted.”
“It is a Democratic County she is a Democrat what do we Suspect nothing ??!! Vote her out ASAP”
“At the very very very least, she is, by far the most awkward odd little person I’ve ever witnessed, able to obtain a position of such authority. Either, there’s something we’re all missing about her talents… or the Austin populous is even crazier than we thought. I think I know the answer.”
“The challenge of getting rid of her is educating the voters.”
“The employees I speak to are miserable and just counting down days to retirement.”
“I am extremely saddened by what they have made that department into”
“wonder why she wanted to be sheriff, she’s clearly over her head. From what I’ve seen she doesn’t have the experience or education to run a department (especially one of that size).”
“Wtf is that? I retired the day before she took office. Perfect timing. I can’t believe the staff in that video will allow themselves to be disrespected like that.”

February 2019 – The hot issue the Democrats made the move on was to ensure a weak, decriminalization-type Travis County Sheriff was elected to support/protect the Austin Sanctuary City Polices is the length of time an illegal immigrant is detained in the county jail. Once an illegal alien (aka undocumented immigrant) has been arrested on criminal charges, ICE submits a request to the local law enforcement department to detain them longer until ICE picks them up to process them for deportation.
Hernandez refuses to comply with federal law/ICE in that she made the decision for her county jail to wait on a court order in order to cooperate with the ICE detainers.
In other words, she is knowingly not doing her job, and not complying with the law, until a judge forces her to do so. If this is the case, why hasn’t she been fired?

Retired police lieutenant Randy Sutton remarked that Hernandez’s decision is “sickening,” “unconscionable,” adding that all she has to do is “… simply do her job, which is to recognize detainers on prisoners.”
Despite vast information out there that Hernandez was unqualified, unprofessional, placing the Austin Community’s safety in jeopardy, & etc., in 2020, she was re-elected as the Travis County Sheriff.
2016 campaign themes: End the voluntary compliance with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); Stop the criminalization of mental illness [this explains the decriminalization of homelessness ordinances and reversing the open camping ban]; de-prioritize arrests for first time, minor possession of marijuana possession
“Sanctuary Sally” Hernandez assumed office in 2017, and her current term ends on December 31, 2024.

 

“Austin” homicides go further than the 89 count, which was where APD had responded to the calls. There were more that were not counted where the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) has jurisdiction. TCSO has jurisdiction in homicides that take place in unincorporated areas of Travis County, while municipal police forces typically handle cases inside city limits. TCSO asks anyone with information to call the TCSO Tip Line at 512-854-1444 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.

“Now there could be a day when we don’t need police . . . ” — Austin Mayor Adler

Adler is a compulsive liar who actively ignored the Austin community, and instead, focused on the woke agenda resulting in the record-breaking murder count in 2021. Rather than addressing the homicides, Adler has chosen to disregard them.  Austin legacy media companies have been paid off to censor all this negative coverage.

Defunding the APD in 2020 increased the murder count by 200% the following year. 47 business permanently closed. 100’s of landlords forced to sell rental properties because they can’t afford their mortgage during the eviction moratorium when tenants get away without paying rent.

Deadly Corridor

Majority of the killings occur in the Cameron Road/Dessau Road corridor, which has rapidly become one of the deadliest parts of the city.
Cameron Road runs parallel to I-35 for a distance of 3.5 miles from E 51st Street to Rundberg Lane, where the road becomes Dessau Road and continues another nine miles into Pflugerville.
In addition to the murders, the corridor has seen several recent non-fatal shootings, Several murder suspects have also been arrested in the area.
The area is part of two city council districts, D4 represented by Greg Casar, and D1 represented by Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison, who consistently lie about how they care about “working families”; feign to be against gentrification, and how instead, gentrification has proliferated, pricing out these so-called poor, vulnerable, working families of color.

Murder Toll Passes 1984 Record

Austin’s 61st homicide of 2021 marks  two more than the previous all-time high set in 1984 and 14 more than 2020’s total.

Homicide # 89

Case: 21-
Date: Friday, December 10, 2021, 11:55 p.m.
Location: Grove Place apartment complex,1881 Grove Blvd near E Riverside Dr (These apartments are Section 8 Housing)
Austin City Council Government Member: District 3, Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Deceased: Male in his 30’s
Suspect: Information not provided by Austin Police as of yet

(From Austin Statesman) One person was detained early Saturday as Austin police investigates what led to the death of a man found at an apartment in Southeast Austin late Friday.  Officers responded at 11:55 p.m. Friday to multiple 911 calls about a disturbance at an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Grove Boulevard near East Riverside Drive.  They were informed that the incident could be related to a home that was burglarized, said Officer Alexandra Parker, a Police Information Officer (PIO). When officers arrived at the complex, they found a man in his 30s who was not conscious or breathing, Parker said. Police and emergency medical personnel tried to treat the man but he was pronounced dead at 12:38 a.m., Parker said.  As of Saturday morning, police did not release any new information about the death, which Parker said was Austin’s 89th homicide of the year.  Homicide detectives on Saturday continued to investigate the incident.

Homicide # 88

Case: 21-3360833  
Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021, 2:30 p.m.
Location: 12200 block of Old Stage Trail 
Austin City Council Government Member: District 6, Mackenzie Kelly
Deceased: Hispanic male in his 30s, police reported
Suspect: 

9-1-1 received a report of a deceased person located in the 12200 block of Old Stage Trail. Austin Police Department (APD) officers, along with Austin-Travis County EMS, arrived on the scene and discovered a male victim with obvious trauma. Upon arrival, police found a deceased male with injuries to his body. Evidence at this time indicates a disturbance may have taken place before his death. The victim was pronounced deceased at 3:12 p.m. by EMS.  The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy and determine the official cause and manner of death. Police said the incident was first reported as a welfare check call. Officers said they have identified a person of interest and they are working to locate them.

Homicide # 87

Case: 21-3320329 
Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021, 12:01 a.m.  
Location:  Parking lot in front of the Santora Villas apartment complex,  1705 Frontier Valley Dr near E Riverside Dr 
Austin City Council Government Member: District 3, Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Deceased: James Davis, Black male, DOB: 07/23/1992, aged 29  – Gunshot wounds
Suspect: 

9-1-1 received a call regarding shots fired in the 1700 block of Frontier Valley. APD officers, along with Austin-Travis County EMS, arrived on the scene and discovered James Davis with obvious trauma. Despite life-saving measures, Davis succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 12:22 a.m. by Dr. Miller.  Witnesses advised that a disturbance broke out in the apartment complex parking lot between several individuals driving a White Dodge Charger and some residents. The Charger sped off from the scene after the shooting occurred. 
On December 3, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death as gunshot wounds and the manner, homicide. 

Homicide # 86

Case: 21-3320329 
Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021, 6:32 a.m.
Location: 4700 block of Cypress Bend near Nuckols Crossing Road
Austin City Council Government Member: District 2, Vanessa Fuentes
Deceased: Francisco Chavez, Hispanic male, 6/09/1980, aged 41 – Gunshot wound
Suspect: 

9-1-1 received a call in reference to shots being fired on the 4700 block of Cypress Bend. Additional information was reported that a male was on the ground in the front yard of a residence, and may have been shot. When APD officers arrived, they found a man lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest. APD officers began to administer life saving measures. Unfortunately, Francisco Chavez succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 6:52 a.m. by Dr. Miller.  It became apparent that some type of disturbance had occurred following a family gathering. This case remains under investigation.  On November 29, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death as gunshot wound and the manner, homicide. 

Homicide # 85

Case: 21-3291062      
Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021, 9:42 p.m. (Thanksgiving Day)
Location: 50 block of N IH 35, just north of Lady Bird Lake and near Lambie St
Austin City Council Government Member: District 9, Kathie Tovo
Deceased: George Michael Lopez, Hispanic male, 7/17/1991, aged 30 – Gunshot wound
Suspect: 

9-1-1 received a call of a reckless driver, followed by a call about a crash involving that driver at the 50 block of N IH-35. APD officers, along with Austin-Travis County EMS, arrived on the scene and discovered a man in the driver’s seat with obvious trauma. Despite lifesaving measures, George Lopez succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 10:05 p.m. by Dr. Ackrell. On November 26, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death as gunshot wound and the manner, homicide.
Austin police have yet to identify a suspect in this case, but the Deceased Mr. Lopez was charged four separate times for crimes he had committed – the last one of which occurred on November 13, 2021.

 

Ronald Leon Bryant (APD Photo)

Homicide # 84

Case: 21-3281289        
Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 10:39 p.m.
Location: Walmart Supercenter Store # 1185 parking lot1030 Norwood Park Blvd, just east of the intersection of I-35 and Hwy 183
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Jose Juan Vasquez, Hispanic male, 1/28/1993, aged 28  – Gunshot woundSuspect 1: Ronald Leon Bryant,  Black male, 42 years of age, 6’1”, large build, last seen wearing white t-shirt, white shorts with “Metal Night” print and white Jordan shoesSuspect 2:  At large. Black male, 40 years of age, 5’10”, heavy-set build, last seen wearing black t-shirt, torn blue jean shorts, red/orange running shoes and black mask with white letteringSuspect Vehicle: Black sedan, possibly a Ford

Fatal shooting at a Walmart Supercenter parking lot a day before Thanksgiving.

Photos of the two suspects (APD Photos)

A bystander called 9-1-1 of shots fired in the parking lot of the Walmart Supercenter Store # 1185 located at 1030 Norward Park Blvd. APD officers, along with Austin-Travis County EMS, arrived on the scene and discovered a shooting victim with obvious trauma. The victim was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he succumbed to his injuries. Jose Vasquez was pronounced deceased at 11:20 p.m. by Dr. Bradley.  On November 25, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death as gunshot wound and the manner, homicide. 

Police issued a description of suspects on 12/2/2021.
On. Jan. 31, 2022, the APD said Ronald Leon Bryant, 42, was located and arrested and charged with murder for Vasquez’s death on Dec. 28, 2021, by the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force. He is in custody under a $500,000 bond.

Homicide # 83

Case:  21-      
Date: November 12, 2021, 1:49 p.m. 
Location: 6516 Aden Ln, near Escarpment Boulevard and Highway 45.
Austin City Council Government Member: District 8, Paige Ellis
Deceased: Virginia Willig, female, aged 78
Suspect: (Information not provided by Austin Police as of yet) 

(From KXAN) One person was found dead inside a southwest Austin home Friday afternoon, and another was taken to the hospital, according to the Austin Police Department. Police say the APD Homicide Unit is investigating the incident, which is being treated as a suspicious death, in the 6500 block of Aden Lane. That’s near Escarpment Boulevard and Highway 45. A 911 call was placed from the location around 1:49 p.m., APD says. Officers responded and found one person dead inside a residence and another person who was hurt. The person who died was identified by APD on Dec. 3 (it took 21 days) as Virginia Willig, 78. The cause of her death is still pending.
The second person was taken to the hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries, according to Austin-Travis County EMS.  Police believe the two people found in the home at 6516 Aden Ln are related. The home is listed under Virgina J and Geoffrey R Willig It’s an isolated incident, APD says, and there’s no threat to the public. Officers will be speaking with neighbors to try and piece together what happened. APD is asking people to avoid the area as the investigation continues.

 

Homicide # 82

Case: 21-3121271         
Date: Monday, November 8, 2021, 8:43 p.m.
Location: 7200 block of S Congress Ave
Austin City Council Government Member: District 8, Paige Ellis
Deceased: Joel Camarillo, Hispanic male, 1/28/2002, aged 19 – Gunshot wounds
Suspect: 

Joel Camarillo (Tiffany Camarillo, Photo)

9-1-1 received a call of several shots fired and a person who appeared to have been shot in the 7200 block of S. Congress Ave. The caller also reported that the victim had been placed into a white sedan, and the driver of the white sedan was leaving the scene. APD officers arrived, and located a white sedan fitting the description exiting the complex. The vehicle was pulled over with two men inside. The male driver was detained, and the passenger was found to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on the scene and quickly transported Joel Camarillo to a local hospital. Unfortunately, Mr. Camarillo succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 9:23 p.m. The driver of the white sedan was not arrested and not a suspect, according to police. 
Meanwhile, a man and woman were found shot in another car more than a mile north, near Stassney Lane. They are being treated for their injuries, but are expected to be okay.
Shortly following this call, 9-1-1 received another call reporting that a male and a female appeared to have been shot (21-3121275). The location for this call was in the 5400 block of South Congress Ave. Two victims were in a vehicle. Austin-Travis County EMS responded and transported both victims to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries. It was determined that these two calls were related. APD officers secured both scenes and contacted homicide investigators. Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to investigate and process both scenes. The case remains under investigation.  On November 9, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and the manner, homicide.
Still no arrests have been made in Camarillo’s death, who was killed in one of two homicides along South Congress Ave.  Officers say there just isn’t adequate staffing to handle the exponential surge in crime. The big issue is not prosecuting violent offenders and drug dealers in the city of Austin.

Darryl Brown (APD Photo)

Homicide # 81

Case: 21-3120722       
Date: Monday, November 8, 2021, 1:49 p.m.
Location: Outside Smart Motors, a used car business located at 12706 Harris Branch Parkway near Manor
Austin City Council Government Member: District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
Deceased: Eric Wilkinson, White male, 3/7/1974, aged 47 Gunshot wounds
Suspect: Darryl Brown, Black male, 34 years of age

9-1-1 received a call in reference to a person who had been shot at a residence in the 12700 block of Harris Branch Pkwy. APD officers, along with Travis County Sheriff Deputies, arrived on the scene and began to administer life-saving measures to Mr. Wilkinson. Unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 2:29 p.m. at the scene.  Officers encountered a possible suspect on the scene and quickly detained this person.  Witnesses were identified and interviewed. The suspect on the scene was identified as 34-year-old Darryl Brown. Brown was subsequently charged with murder and booked into the Travis County Jail. The case remains under investigation.  On November 9, 2021, The Travis County Medical Examiner’s conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds and the manner, homicide. Record: 11221620 / Booking: 2119811 / Charge: 0100-0 MURDER
As of 12/28/2021, Darryl Brown is still in custody in Travis County Correctional Complex and is being held on a $50,000 bond. 

 

Homicide # 80

Case: 21-3120024       
Date: Monday, November 8, 2021, 12:25 a.m. 
Location: 6712 N Lamar Blvd, Mehl’s Motel
Austin City Council Government Member: District 7, Leslie Pool
Deceased: Unidentified male
Suspect: Unknown

9-1-1 received a call in reference to an unresponsive man at Mehl’s Motel at 6712 N Lamar Blvd. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located the male victim in a room on the floor. They were unable to revive him, and he was pronounced deceased at 12:33 a.m. at the scene.  While on scene, EMS personnel were approached by another man who appeared to have been physically assaulted. It was quickly determined that the assault incident and the incident involving the unresponsive man were related. EMS called for Austin Police Department officers. Once on the scene, it was determined that the decedent had been involved in a physical altercation with people staying in the motel room. Officers secured the scene and called for homicide investigators.  Homicide detectives and crime scene technicians responded to the scene to investigate, interview people and process the scene. They also located and interviewed a possible suspect on scene. The case remains under investigation.  The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office will conduct an autopsy to determine the official cause of death. 
Mehl’s Motel was built in 1945, a local business enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The motel rode the line between motel and apartment through the years, with owners investing little money in the structure. Currently, the historic site serves as short term, low-income housing and is seen as a blight. Tiao Chung Wang, the property owner, bought the property in Apr 1995.

Homicide # 79

Case: 21-3081077  
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021, 5:58 p.m.
Location: The Country Aire Mobile Home Park at 8220 West State Highway 71Austin City Council Government Member: District 8, Paige Ellis
Deceased: Brian Ocampo, Hispanic male, born June 18, 2002, aged 19Gunshot Wounds
Suspect: 15-year-old Juvenile, Hispanic male

Austin 9-1-1 received a call of a male shot in a vehicle at 8220 W. SH 71. When APD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene, they found Brian Ocampo with multiple gunshot wounds sitting in the driver’s seat of a black BMW. Despite live-saving measures, Mr. Ocampo succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 6:17 p.m. by Dr. Abraham from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.  On November 5, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as a multiple gunshots wounds and the manner, homicide. 
This is the second homicide to occur on Thursday. The first took place at an apartment complex off West St. Johns Ave. A 32-year-old man was shot to death.
The U.S. Marshals say a warrant was issued on Tuesday, Nov. 9, by a Municipal Court in the City of Austin for the arrest of a juvenile following the homicide investigation led by the Austin Police Department.
The 15-year-old suspect was arrested with the assistance of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 6:15 p.m. that same evening at a residence in Austin.
Authorities did not reveal the suspect’s identity because he is a minor, yet more minors with felony possession of firearms involved in gang violence are soon released by Marxist Democrat District Attorneys (DA) much like Austin Travis County DA Jose Garza in Democrat-controlled, crime-ridden, defund-the-police big cities nationwide.
The juvenile was transported and booked into Gardner Bettes Juvenile Detention Facility.
This is the 79th homicide of the year in Austin. The city in early September recorded its 60th homicide, which was more slayings in a year than the city had seen in the six decades that the Police Department has kept count.

 

Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office Photo

Homicide # 78

Case: 21-3050419      
Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021, 7:27 a.m.
Location: 601 W St. Johns  Avenue, at a North Austin apartment complex, St Johns West Apartments  Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Mohammed Nesser, Middle Eastern male, born January 13, 1989, aged 32Gunshot wound
Suspect: Joseph C Tedder, White male, 22 years of age 

Suspect in Drugs-Related Austin Slaying Arrested in Pittsburgh

Austin 9-1-1 received a call of a man shot in the stairwell at an apartment complex located at 601 W. St. Johns Ave. When APD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene, they found Mohammed Nasser with obvious trauma to his body. Despite live-saving measures, Mr. Nasser succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 7:36 a.m. by Dr. Escott with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.  On November 5, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as a gunshot wound and the manner, homicide. 
On November 24, 2021, a warrant was issued for Joseph Tedder, charging him with Murder for the Nov, 4th homicide on St. Johns Ave. On the evening of December 22, Pittsburgh City Police received a call in connection with a workplace disturbance at a Family Dollar store in the Marshall-Shadeland neighborhood. Joseph C. Tedder, 22, known as “Joey,” was employed at the store but was suspected by the management of shoplifting.
The caller from the store explained that they were planning to terminate Tedder’s employment and were requesting assistance from law enforcement to ensure that the termination went without incident, according to a press release from the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office.
Tedder, from Hutchinson, Kansas, fled the store when he saw police officers approach.
It was then when police learned that Tedder had been wanted in Austin, Texas for a murder during a suspected drug deal. The criminal complaint says that Tedder and two other men entered an apartment in Austin with plans to sell drugs and shortly after, gunfire rang out and a man was dead.
The Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office was then called to assist Pittsburgh Police.
After 10:00 p.m., deputies located a vehicle that Tedder was believed to be in on the 3300 block of Brighton Road.
Tedder was then found inside a home and taken into custody without incident. It is believed to be the home of his brother. KDKA’s CBS News Pittsburg Shelley Bortz went to the house to see if the brother would talk, but no one answered.
He was booked into the Alleghany County Jail for the Murder Warrant, in addition to local charges.  

Nora Lopez (TCSO Photo)

Homicide # 77

Case: 21-3050419      
Date: November 1, 2021, 8:10 a.m.  
Location: 8400 block of GarCreek Cir in far East Austin
Austin City Council Government Member:
District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
Deceased: James Traylor, Black male, born September 1, 1969, aged 52 – Gunshot Wounds
Suspect: Nora Lee Lopez, Hispanic female, 30-years-old

‘Bouncy house’ fight led to 2nd homicide on Garcreek Circle in far East Austin in 5 weeks, police say (see Homicide # 65). Neighbors described the morning chaos in a neighborhood they described as a “rough” part of the Texas capital.

9-1-1 received a shots fired call in the 8400 block of GarCreek Cir. When APD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene, they found a Black man with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:11 a.m. by Dr. Teixeira. The victim was identified as James Traylor.  According to a witness, an altercation broke out between Traylor and a female neighbor over the alleged theft of an inflatable “Bouncy House.” The argument ended with female neighbor shooting Traylor multiple times. Witnesses said Lopez fled from the scene immediately after the shooting. On November 2, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as a multiple gunshots and the manner, homicide. Nora Lee Lopez turned herself into police custody after police issued an arrest warrant for first-degree murder. Record: 11221429 / Booking: 2119616 / Charge: 0100-0 MURDER

 

Homicide # 76

Case: 21-3040806       
Date: October 31, 2021,  11:20 a.m.
Location: 526 W Oltorf St near South 1st
Austin City Council Government Member:
District 3, Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Deceased: Lucifer Devil Divinitas, White male, born March 29, 1969, aged 52 – Stabbing
Suspect: Has not been released by Austin Travis County DA Jose Garza’s office but described as a male in his 40s-50s by witness

911 received multiple calls of a man being stabbed at 526 W Oltorf St. APD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and found Lucifer Devil Divinitas (52), a DoorDash driver, with obvious trauma. The man was transported to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at approximately 12:23 p.m. by Dr. Brocker with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.  According to multiple on-scene witnesses, the attendant ran over to put a boot on Mr. Divinitas’ car for parking in a Cricket Wireless Oltorf parking space (529 W Oltorf St) while he went to go grab his food order from Phoebe’s Diner (533 W Oltorf St – formerly Pizza Patron) for meal delivery. The Cricket Wireless Oltorf store was not due to open for 40 more minutes, and the other designated parking spaces for Cricket Wireless Oltorf was also open.

Lucifer Devil Divinitas

When Mr. Divinitas came back out with his hands full with the DoorDash order, he found the attendant attempting to put a boot on his vehicle and uses his foot to try and shove the attendant away. There was a brief, low energy scuffle, after which the parking attendant pulled out a knife and stabbed him. The victim staggered back then fell on his car and reportedly bled out before he could be saved.

Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza has not provided clarity on the case.

APD officers interviewed witnesses and the parking attendant and according to a witness he was arrested at that time. The original police press release did not indicate he was arrested, but thankfully per a witness at the scene, he was. APD has not released the stabber’s name. Homicide detectives have interviewed the parking attendant but did not say if the person was in custody. The case has been forwarded to the Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza’s Office for review, and to date, they have not provided more clarification on the case.  On November 1, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as a stabbing and the manner, homicide. Uber confirmed that Divinitas was an Uber Eats driver.
A long-time member of the goth subculture, Mr. Divinitas was a resident of Austin and a former resident of Grand Junction, Colorado and – before that – Michigan. He described himself on Twitter as an “Alternative Horror Digital Artist. Fallen Angel.” He was a writer, film-maker and visual artist who wrote and directed a short lesbian romance-turned-horror film called, Ravenous: You’re the Main Course in 2013. He also created another short film titled Dementia. His artist page can be found here.
Regarding the companies and government entities involved, there have been many complaints about the aggressive parking attendants in this parking lot over the years. Perhaps it’s time that Cricket Wireless Oltorf, Phoebe’s Diner, the Property Owners, and DoorDash come up with some better solutions for food delivery drivers at this location.
The Cricket Wireless Oltorf Facebook page remained silent on the stabbing, but posted an ad on 11/4/2021 about parental controls on devices. Their Twitter hasn’t been updated since Summer.
Called Cricket Wireless Oltorf for comment and they referred to the Tarantino Property Management company and didn’t have any further comment. It has to be authorized by the property owner, they cannot just drive onto private property and decide to boot someone. They also have to have a sign on the property with the name of the tow company and phone number.
Based on the sign outside Cricket Wireless Oltorf’s door, it is Austin Express Towing.

The Texaco gas station nearby is also scamming with the Austin Express Towing company they contract for booting. Their Yelp reviews about towing go back several years.

The above comment by redditer /u/Zerofunks is a perfect example of the myopic world view of the standard liberal Austin voter. If they actually did some research, they would discover that Austin Travis County District Attorney (DA) Jose Garza has not prosecuted any actual criminals, he releases them and instead, he is indicting Austin Police Officers for simply serving their public safety duties as directed by the Democrat Marxist Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who is supporting the Democrat Marxist anti-police and defund the police nationwide agenda.
Phoebe’s Diner posted that they had to close for the day but otherwise have not made a public statement regarding the unfortunate and unnecessary death of Mr. Divinitas as of 11/6/2021.
For information on the City of Austin Booting License Requirements here. Lot vulture – Opportunist, predatory tow truck driver who waits to put a disabling device ‘boot’ that locks up your tire or tow your vehicle and get paid for doing so. Just a heads up to anyone reading this. If you get the boot, dispute the charge on your credit card and get your money back. Pay with a credit card.
At this particular location, there is a short, fat guy who has booted up people’s vehicles, according to this post.

Barry Duhon (APD Photo)

Homicide # 75

Case: 21-1581164       
Date: Monday, June 7, 2021, 6:03 p.m.  
Location:  6th and Neches Streets in the increasingly violent Downtown Austin Entertainment District
Austin City Council Government Member: District 9, Kathie Tovo

Deceased: Mark Everett Guard III, White male, born September 17, 1986, aged 34 – Blunt force trauma to the head
Suspect: Barry Joseph Duhon, Black male, 60 years of age

On Monday, June 7, 2021, at 6:03 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received a call of an unresponsive male at 6th and Neches streets. APD and Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) arrived on scene to find Mark Guard III, with obvious head trauma. Mr. Guard was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he remained in critical condition until he succumbed to his injuries. He was pronounced deceased on June 20, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m.  While on scene, investigators were notified that the assault was captured on HALO video. Based on the video, Barry Duhon was identified as the suspect of the assault and was interviewed. Mr. Duhon was arrested and filed on for aggravated assault serious, bodily injury (SBI) and had a bond of $100,000.  
On June 21, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy to determine the official cause and manner of death.   On October 27, 2021, the Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death as complications from blunt force trauma, and the manner, homicide.                                                                      As of 12/28/2021, Barry Duhon is still in custody in Travis County Correctional Complex.

Duhon was booked into the Travis County Jail on 8/22/2020, charged with DRIVING  WHILE INTOXICATED. Record: 11194560 / Booking: 2016347 / Charge: 2100-0 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

 

 

Duhon was booked into the Travis County Jail on 4/28/2020,                                        charged with POSS CS PG 1 <1G. – Record: 11168290 /Booking: 2010056 / Charge: 1800-0 POSS CS PG 1 <1G, meaning possession of a controlled substance, penalty group 1(cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, PCP, etc.), in an amount under 1 gram

 

 

Felix Rodriguez (APD Photo)

Homicide # 74

Case: 21-3000088       
Date: October 27, 2021, 2:06 a.m.
Location:  Austin Motor Inn, 11400 N Interstate Hwy 35 Service Road South Bound near E Braker Ln
Austin City Council Government Member: District 7, Leslie Pool
Deceased: James Paul Fulda Jr., White male, born October 27, 1999, aged 23  – Gunshot wounds
Suspect: Felix Rodriguez, Hispanic male, 32 years of age

This was 2 of 2 fatal shootings that occurred overnight from Tuesday (#73) to Wednesday (#74). At approximately 2:07 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the Austin Motor Inn at 11400 North Interstate 35 service road southbound for a shot/stab call. Call techs indicated that gunshots had been heard and a man had been shot in one of the motel rooms. Police said the 9-1-1 call was made by a family member who was on the scene. When officers arrived, they located a man with obvious trauma to his chest in one of the rooms. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived and attempted life-saving measures, but the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene at 2:39 a.m., by Dr. Abraham with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Officer. Police identified the suspect as Felix Rodriguez, 32. According to the victim’s father, a verbal argument broke out between his son and a friend of his identified as Felix Rodriguez. Police said Rodriguez shot the victim and fled the scene on foot. The victim was identified as 22-year-old James Paul Fulda Jr. Rodriguez was arrested around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 1, 2021. A first-degree murder warrant was issued for Rodriguez. The bond is set at $500,000.
Record: 11221147 / Booking: 2119334 / Charge: 0100-0 MURDER 

James Neves (APD Photo)

Homicide # 73

Case: 21-2991316      
Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 8:38 p.m. 
Location: 11000 block of Spicewood Parkway
Austin City Council Government Member: District 10, Alison Alter
Deceased: Vanessa Neves, White female, born January 30, 1980, aged 41 – Gunshot wounds
Suspect: James Marcus Neves, White male, 54-years-old

9-1-1 received a call from James Marcus Neves advising that he had shot his wife during a domestic disturbance at their residence. Austin Police Department (APD) officers and Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the residence and located the victim with apparent gunshot wounds. Despite lifesaving measures, Vanessa Neves succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene at 8:38 p.m. by Dr. Escott with Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.   James Neves was taken into custody by police at the scene. Homicide detectives filed 1st degree Murder charges on Neves and he was booked into the Travis County Jail. His bail is set at $750,000 dollars. Two children on scene were not injured and are in the care of immediate family. This was an isolated incident and there is no continuing threat to the community.
As of 12/28/2021, James Neves is in custody in Travis County Jail. Bond is set at $1,750,000.
Record: 11220743 / Booking: 2118932 / Charge: 0100-0 MURDER

 

Mugshot of Jose Luis Gorostieta-Martinez from a prior arrest (APD Photo)

Homicide # 72

Case: 21-2961107      
Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 4:07 p.m. 
Location: 6407 Hickman Ave, in the Windsor Park neighborhood located south of US-290 and east of Cameron Rd
Austin City Council Government Member: District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
Deceased: Jose Aguirre-Martinez, Hispanic male, born December 7, 1971, aged 49 – Gunshot wounds
Suspect:  Jose Luis Gorostieta-Martinez, Hispanic male, 44-years-old

9-1-1 received a call that a person had been shot in the 6400 block of Hickman Ave on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Officers responded and located a man in a driveway with apparent gunshot wounds. The gunshots came after a verbal altercation [that] happened in the backyard of a residence, which later transitioned to the front yard, the APD said. The victim was pronounced deceased on-scene at 4:23 p.m. by Dr. Abraham with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.  According to on-scene witnesses, a verbal argument broke out amongst friends and family, and Jose Luis Gorostieta-Martinez shot the victim and fled the scene in a vehicle.  On October 24, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death, homicide.

Front yard NE Austin residence crime scene taped off
Jennifer Gale and James Daric Robertson

Homicide # 70 and # 71

Case: 21-2911455   
Date: October 18, 2021, 11:10 p.m.   
Location: 5800 block of Abby Ann Ln in Bradshaw Crossing, near Onion Creek
Austin City Council Government Member: District 2, Vanessa Fuentes
Deceased Victim # 1: James Robertson, White male, Oct. 28, 2014, aged 6 – Gunshot wound
Deceased Victim # 2:  Jennifer Robertson, White female, Aug. 5, 1985, aged 35 – Gunshot wound
Suspect (Deceased):  Darius Robertson, White male, Aug. 19, 1985, aged 35 – Self-inflicted gunshot wound

Austin 911 received a check welfare call in the 5800 block of Abby Ann Ln. Austin Police say a worried family member who hadn’t heard from those who lived at the home in a while, called 911. Austin Police Department (APD) officers responded and forced entry into the residence. Inside, officers discovered the bodies of Jennifer and James Robertson. Both victims sustained fatal gunshot wounds. A third body, identified as Darius Robertson, was also discovered with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. All of the deceased were pronounced on scene by Dr. Mark Escott with Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.  This incident is being investigated as a double murder and suicide. Investigators believe this is an isolated incident and that there is no ongoing threat to the public. 
“I’ve had interactions with the family here and there, real nice couple,” said Greg Burke, who lives across the street.
When Burke noticed police and EMS in front of the home early Tuesday morning, he said, “I just assumed maybe somebody had a heart attack or something, but I really didn’t know what the severity of what it was.”
Burke said in his 12 years of living on the quiet street, he’s never once seen a disturbance that required police response.
“I’s a great neighborhood, great place to raise a family, very quiet,” Burke said. “So to kind of hear this is very concerning.”

Fayth White moved to the Bradshaw Crossing neighborhood on Friday (October 15, 2021). The 18-year-old said the triple homicide doesn’t frighten her too much.
“So my first instinct is just curiosity, like, what happened and what’s going on? And I know it’s a lot of people would freak out, but I also know that it’s not as unusual as most people would think,” White said.
The week of these homicides kicked off the start of early voting for Proposition A, as a result of the Austin City Council defunding the police, staffing levels became dangerously low, along with one of the most downcast first responders by anti-police agitators and activists, in part, aimed to increase police staffing.
Proposition A passing would have added more police to lower the response times.
The Democrat’s narrative is that the spike in local homicides are part of a national trend that can be traced back to more guns in the hands of those who aren’t trained to use them, the instability from the pandemic, and social and economic disparities. This cannot be more further from the truth, because who does that? Who goes out and makes excuses for and/or defends an exponential increase of dead bodies in the history of a city?
APD says these deaths bring the Austin murder total for 2021 to 71 – the highest since the department has kept count.

Homicide # 69

Photo of deceased Fernando Perez, courtesy elginfuneralhome.net

Case:  21-2820295    
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021, 5:17 a.m.
Location: 9601 N IH 35 SVRD (Club Lobos), North Austin
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Fernando V. Perez, Hispanic male, born October 28, 1995, aged 25 – Gunshot wound
Suspect: Unknown

9-1-1 received a call that a person had been shot at Club Lobos located at 9601 N IH 35 NB Svrd. The caller reported that he and the victim were leaving the club when shots were heard and the victim was struck. APD officers responded and located Fernando Perez in the parking lot of Club Lobos with apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased on scene at 5:30 a.m. by Dr Escott with the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office.  On October 10, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death, homicide.

Homicide # 68

Case: 2021-2820113     
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021, 1:17 a.m  
Location: E Sixth and Sabine Streets in the increasingly violent Downtown Austin Entertainment District
Austin City Council Government Member: District 9, Kathie Tovo
Deceased: Michael Carothers, Black male, born August 29, 2004, aged 17 Gunshot wound 
Suspect: Unknown

The Austin Police Department (APD) is investigating the officer-involved shooting that occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday, October 9, 2021.  At approximately 1:17 a.m., APD officers were conducting a DWI investigation near the intersection of 5th and Sabine streets. They heard multiple gunshots north of their location and immediately ran towards the sounds of gunfire, northbound along Sabine Street. The officers observed a group of males firing weapons at another group of unknown individuals [Since the deceased is a Black male, it would be safe to deduce that one or both groups of individual males were Black.] One officer discharged his firearm, and it is unknown if anyone was struck by the officer’s discharged weapon.  This group of males then started running northbound, and officers pursued them. Officers located and detained one individual that appeared to be involved in the incident. They also recovered one handgun [Recall that the deceased was a teen. Why are teens getting a pass at illegally possessing firearms? An additional assumption from this scenario is that these weren’t just a GROUP of individuals shooting at each other, but GANGS. Gang violence between armed Black teens. Call it out for what it is and stop propagandizing Black Lives Matter and the underhanded, covert protection of criminals.] An APD Counter Assault Strike Team Rescue Task Force (CAST RTF) located the victim about 90 seconds after the shooting occurred and began life-saving measures on him. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:45 a.m. The officers on scene did not sustain physical injuries.

The officer-involved shooting was captured on the officer’s body-worn camera. APD are currently working on locating any other sources of video.
The officer involved in this critical incident has been identified as: Officer Glenn Vargas – 4 years of service with APD.
Per normal APD protocol, Officer Vargas was placed on administrative leave. APD will conduct two concurrent investigations into this incident: a criminal investigation by the APD Special Investigations Unit in conjunction with the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, and an administrative investigation conducted by the APD Internal Affairs Unit, with oversight from the Office of Police Oversight.

Obviously, Austin is not going to have any Officers at all. Rather than having investigative resources to apprehend the suspect to face criminal charges, there are bloated government offices created and receiving funding that was provided for by defunding the Austin Police Department corps and units. The radical, Marxist activist groups, along with District 4 City Council Member Greg Casar, are charging to abolish the Austin Police Department, abolish cash bail, and abolish jails, altering local city laws to require “more transparency” to defund the police and dismantle the criminal justice system rather than charging the actual criminals for the crimes they are committing in Austin. The majority of our public safety dollars has been reimagined into government offices created by the 100% majority Democrat Socialist City Council to investigate Officers
There has been a noticeable trend of criminals coming from Houston to commit crimes in Austin. Same as with Killeen. Killeen has been happening, though. The Houston crime wave appears to be new. Criminal dismantling of police activist Chas Moore goes back and forth between Houston and Austin, and after all, George Floyd had created a lengthy criminal record in Houston before he went to Minneapolis. Austin has become an easy target with its lack of police presence. Everyone knows there are ignorant people with lots of money in Austin. Also, they know if they commit the crimes in Travis County, they will get no time. Huge problems are arising. Gangs will further establish territorial boundaries. Then when rival gangs come to Austin, they will be protecting their territory. This is what can be seen with the shootings in cars and on highways. Very limited information is made available to the public if at all. Read more about this story here.

 

Richard Nunez booking photo from 2020 Driving While Intoxicated charge (Austin Police Department Photo)
Richard Nunez (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 67

Case: 21-2791217     
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 7:07 p.m.
Location: 2800 block of Palomino Trail, Southeast Austin
Austin City Council Government Member: District 2, Vanessa Fuentes
Deceased: Leyder Vidal-Diaz, Hispanic male, born March 27, 1975, aged 46 – Gunshot Wound
Suspect: Richard Addison Nunez, Hispanic male, 30 years of age

9-1-1 received calls reporting that a man had been shot by his stepson. APD officers arrived on scene and observed a man lying on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were attempted, but unfortunately he was pronounced deceased on scene at 7:50 p.m. by Dr. Abraham.  According to witnesses, Nunez was involved in a family disturbance that ended in Nunez shooting his stepfather. Nunez fled that scene after the shooting. On October 6, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be gunshot wound and the manner of death, homicide.

The Homicide Unit has filed a First-Degree Murder warrant on Richard Nunez. APD arrested the suspect in the homicide on 10/08/2021.  APD was notified by a resident who recognized the suspect from a social media post, and alerted police. APD responded to the area and made the arrest without incident. Nunez has been booked in the Travis County Jail, and his bond has been set at $1,000,000.00. 
As of 12/28/2021, Nunez is still in custody in Travis County Jail. 
Nunez was booked into the Travis County Jail on 01/11/2020, Record: 11119193 / Booking: 2001053 / Charge: 2100-0 DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED

Dietrich Hancock (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 66

Case:  21-2761275  
Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021,  7:22 p.m.
Location: 502 W Longspur Blvd, near North Lamar Blvd
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Jeremiah Dayohn Johnson, Black male, born March 16, 1990, aged 31 – Gunshot wounds
Suspect: Dietrich Hancock, Black male, 29 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified Jeremiah Johnson as the deceased in the October 3 homicide on Longspur Blvd.
At approximately 7:22 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received calls reporting that multiple gunshots were heard in the 500 block of W. Longspur Blvd. APD officers arrived on scene and observed a male subject laying on the with apparent gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were attempted, but unfortunately, Dr. Abraham pronounced the male deceased victim at 7:36 p.m.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to interview witnesses and process the scene.
On Monday, October 4, The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death, homicide.
The APD has arrested Dietrich Hancock on a murder warrant for the October 3 homicide on Longspur Blvd. On November 23, 2021, a warrant was issued for Dietrich Hancock charging him with Murder in this case. On December 20, 2021, the U.S. Marshals Lonestar Fugitive Task force located and apprehended Dietrich Hancock. He is currently being held on a $1,000,000.00 bond in Bexar County Jail.

Dakcicie Davion Fuller (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 65

Case: 21-2700017
Date: Monday, September 27, 2021, 12:15 a.m. 
Location: 8400 block of Garcreek Circle near Decker Lane and FM 3177
Austin City Council Government Member: District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
Deceased: Ronnie Jermaine James, Black male, born June 28, 1990, aged 31Gunshot Wounds
Suspect: Dakcicie Davion Fuller, Black male, 21 years of age

Austin 9-1-1 received calls reporting that several gunshots had been heard in the area of 8400 block of Garcreek Circle. APD officers arrived on scene and located a man lying on the driveway of a residence with apparent gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were attempted, but unfortunately Mr. James was pronounced deceased on scene at 12:56 a.m. by Dr. Schreffler. Video evidence from the scene suggests that there were several witnesses to the shooting. This case remains under investigation. On September 27, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death, homicide.
The Austin Police Department (APD) announces an arrest in the September 27 homicide of Ronnie Jermaine James on Garcreek Cir.  On November 17, 2021, the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Dakcicie Fuller at a motel in Las Vegas, Nevada (4823 Boulder Hwy).  He was booked into the Clark County Jail on the outstanding murder warrant filed in this case. His bond has been set at $1.5 Million Dollars. 
As of 12/28/2021, Fuller was being held at Travis County Correctional Complex on $1,500,000 bond for a first-degree murder charge, as well as a parole violation. 
Dakcicie Fuller was booked into the Travis County Jail on 02/18/2020, charged with MAN DEL CS PG 1 >=1G<4G.
Record: 11133013 / Booking: 2004810 / Charge: 1804-0 MAN DEL CS PG 1 >=1G<4G, meaning the Manufacture/Delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1 (cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, PCP, etc.), 1 gram to less than 4 grams, a serious charge, but not with Marxist Travis County DA Jose Garza prosecuting (ending) policing and instead releasing scores of repeat criminals such as this to commit homicide in the local Austin community.

Dakcicie Fuller was booked into the Travis County Jail on 10/11/2019, charged with REQUEST TO APPREHEND/AGG ASSLT W/DW.
Record: 11080142 / Booking: 1929842 / Charge: 4000-0 REQUEST TO APPREHEND/AGG ASSLT W/DW, meaning Aggravated Assault with a DEADLY WEAPON, a serious charge, but not with Marxist Travis County DA Jose Garza prosecuting (ending) policing and instead releasing scores of repeat criminals such as this to commit homicide in the local Austin community.

Fuck the Police emojis screencap taken from Dakcicie Fuller’s Facebook page.

One of Dakcicie Fuller’s many Facebook Live videos.

Ronald Charles (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 64

Case: 21-2631554
Date: Monday, September 20, 2021, 8:14 p.m.
Location: 4700 block of Bandera Rd, near Springdale Rd and E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin City Council Government Member: District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
Deceased: Jerrel Davidson, Black male, born August 2, 1994, aged 27 – Gunshot wounds
Arrested:  Ronald Charles, Black male, 23 years of age

9-1-1 received several calls reporting that multiple gunshots had been heard in the area of the 4700 block of Bandera Rd. Callers reported hearing people yelling prior to the shots being fired, followed by a woman screaming. APD officers arrived on scene and observed a man lying in the roadway with apparent gunshot wounds. Lifesaving measures were attempted on Mr. Davidson, but unfortunately he was pronounced deceased on scene at 8:27 p.m. by Dr. Escott.  On September 21, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death, homicide.

On September 21, 2021, Homicide detectives issued a first-degree murder warrant for 23-year-old Ronald Charles. On September 23, 2021, Charles turned himself into the Travis County Jail for the outstanding warrant. Bond is set at $300,000.

JP Harrington Photo

At around 1 a.m. the day after the murder, police found a car on fire as they were leaving the murder scene on Springdale Road near MLK Boulevard. Nobody was inside or at the car and the Austin Fire Department has confirmed it was arson.

The APD has not clarified the status of that car fire.

11/16/2021 EXECUTED NOTICE OF INDICTMENT (Murder)

12/09/2021  RELEASE/RECALL/BOND SET CARD  (no longer in Travis County Jail)

Charles was booked into the Travis County Jail on 03/06/2020, charged with TAMPER/FABRICATE PHYS EVID W/INTENT TO IMPA, meaning tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair its verity, legibility, or availability as evidence that has to do with an ongoing investigation – Knowing that an offense has been committed yet alters, destroys, or conceals any record, document, or thing with intent to impair its verity.

Record: 11154870 / Booking: 2006684 / Charge: 2903-0 TAMPER/FABRICATE PHYS EVID W/INTENT TO IMPA

 

Charles was booked into the Travis County Jail on 08/02/2019, charged with REQUEST TO APPREHEND EVADING, meaning evading arrest or detention. Is this compulsory with this group?

Record: 11042851 / Booking: 1922595 / Charge: 4000-0 REQUEST TO APPREHEND EVADING

 

 

 

 

Tiffany Ruoff (left) and Yoham Bueno-Delgado (right) (Austin Police Department Photos)

Homicide # 63

Case: 21-1161660
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021, 11:53 p.m.
Location: 6200 block of Boxcar Run

Austin City Council Government Member: District 2, Vanessa Fuentes

Deceased: Joseph Mathews, White male, born August 18, 2000, aged 21 – Gunshot wounds (Burglary suspect – shot by homeowner)

Suspect (Wanted):  Yoham Bueno-Delgado, Hispanic male, 20 years of age

Suspect (Arrested): Tiffany Ruoff, White female, 43 years of age

Austin 9-1-1 received a call from a female advising that her boyfriend shot someone trying to get into her house. APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located a male subject unresponsive on the floor in her home. The suspect appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The suspect was transported to the hospital with critical life-threatening injuries.  Burglary investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview the witnesses. The investigation was later turned over to APD aggravated assault investigators. Through investigation, detectives learned that Joseph Mathews, Yoham Delgado and Tiffany Ruoff drove to the residence with the intent to rob the homeowner. During the home invasion, Joseph Mathews was shot by the homeowner. Yoham Delgado was booked into the Travis County Jail on 4/27/2021 and charged with 2nd degree burglary of a habitation. Record: 11208753 / Booking: 2106701 / Charge: 0500-0 BURGLARY OF HABITATION.

Tiffany Ruoff was subsequently arrested for 1st degree burglary of a habitation on June 29 by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. Due to Joseph Mathews being in critical condition, he was not filed on for a burglary charge. The homeowner was not charged in the shooting of Joseph Mathews. 

On September 19, aggravated assault detectives were notified that Joseph Mathews passed away while in a hospice house in North Carolina.  On September 22, the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as complications from a gunshot wound and the manner, homicide.
On October 5, capitol murder warrants were filed on both Delgado and Ruoff. 

Ruoff was taken into custody on October 6 in Hays County. Delgado remains at large. On Oct. 13, Ruoff was transferred to Travis County Jail. She bonded out of custody from Travis County Jail on 10/28/2021.  

Frank Lee Nobles (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 62

This was the fifth homicide in Austin in one week. It is the 62nd homicide in Austin this year. 

Case: 21-2591149
Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021, 5:19 p.m.
Location: 1500 block of Reagan Hill Dr, just east of Cameron Road, Val Dor Flats apartment building
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Iyanna Jahnee Dukes shot dead near Reagan High School and near Northeast Early College High School, Black female, born August 31, 2001, aged 20 – Gunshot Wounds

Frank Lee Nobles (Harris County Jail Photo)

Arrested: Frank Lee Nobles, Black male, 30 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified the homicide victim as Iyanna Jahnee Dukes.
On Thursday, September 16, 2021, 9-1-1 received a call of shots fired at the1500 block Reagan Hill Dr. APD officers and EMS arrived on scene and found a woman unresponsive on the ground. The victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound. Despite life-saving measures, the victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:52 p.m. by Dr. Miller.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses. Through investigation, a Black male suspect was seen fleeing from the scene immediately after the shooting. It is believed the victim and the suspect knew each other.
On Friday, September 17, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as gunshot wound and the manner, homicide.

Frank Nobles arrest (Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force Photo)

An arrest affidavit says witnesses at the northeast Austin apartment complex told police Dukes lived with Nobles at a unit there, describing him as her “on and off” boyfriend. Family and friends who were at Dukes’ apartment hours before the murder also told police Dukes and Nobles had been fighting that day. Dukes told another friend over the phone Nobles had a rifle, and “she wanted to get away from him,” according to the affidavit.
APD Public Information Officer Alexandra Parker told media that the incident may have started inside of an apartment unit but the victim was found outside of an apartment. Detectives made the apartment part of the crime scene, she said.
Homicide detectives issued a first-degree murder warrant for Nobles on Sept. 17. A task force helped APD determine Nobles had left for the Gulf Coast area.
On November 9, 2021, the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force in Houston arrested Nobles at an apartment complex at 23223 Gosling Road in Spring, Texas just north of Houston for the outstanding Murder warrant on this case.  Nobles’ bond is set at $1 million.  He was booked into the Harris County Jail.

Frank Nobles (Travis County Jail Photo)

Frank Nobles was booked into the Travis County Jail on 11/09/2021, charged with MURDER.
Record: 11222065 / Booking: 2120257 / Charge: 0100-0 MURDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deadly Cameron/Dessau Road Corridor

The murder was the second this week in the Cameron/Dessau Road corridor, which has become one of the deadliest parts of the city this year, 2021. On Monday’s Homicide # 61, a man was shot dead in a road rage incident just a mile north of where this Thursday’s Homicide # 62 slaying took place.

In addition to this week’s two murders, at least four other people were murdered along Cameron/Dessau road so far this year, including a shooting at a gas station Homicide # 58 September 9, a shooting at another gas station July 27, a fatal stabbing at an apartment complex June 27, and another fatal stabbing February 16. A fifth victim was also found at an apartment on Dessau Road, though the violence leading to his death occurred elsewhere.

Cameron Road runs parallel to I-35 for a distance of 3.5 miles from E. 51st Street to Rundberg Lane, where the road become Dessau Road and continues another 9 miles into Pflugerville.

In addition to the murders, the corridor has seen several recent non-fatal shootings, such as one in July that left two people wounded at an apartment complex, and one in March that left four people wounded. Several murder suspects have also been arrested in the area, including a suspect in the road rage murder earlier this month. He was taken into custody after a standoff with a SWAT team at an apartment near East Howard Lane and Dessau Road.

The area is part of two council districts, D4 represented by Greg Casar, and D1 represented by Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison.

Xzaver Griffin (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 61

Case: 21-2570457
Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 9:17 a.m.
Location: Cameron Rd/1500 block of Rutherford Ln
Austin City Council Government Member: District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
Deceased: Arlen Brandon Sanchez, Hispanic male, born November 25, 1981, aged 39 – Gunshot wound
Arrested: Xzaver Griffin, Black male, 21 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified the homicide victim as Arlen Brandon Sanchez.
On Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 9-1-1 received a call of a possible drive by shooting at the intersection of Cameron Rd. and Rutherford Ln. An older model Cadillac was seen crashing into a utility pole after the shooting occurred. Responding APD officers were able to locate the Cadillac and discovered a male driver that had sustained a gunshot wound. Austin-Travis County EMS personnel arrived on scene and transported the male driver to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. The male was pronounced deceased at 10:08 a.m. by Dr. Cardenas.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to investigate and process the scene. On scene witnesses provided information that this appeared to be a “road rage” incident between the Cadillac and a dark grey newer model Audi (possibly an A-4). The driver of the Audi was described as a Black male with short hair.
The Travis County Medical Examiner’s will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death.
On December 2, 2021, Xzaver Griffin was arrested for 1st degree murder. Griffin was booked into the Travis County jail. Bond is pending. Record: 11223157 / Booking: 2121357 / Charge: 0100-0 MURDER

Homicide # 60

Case: 21-2550251
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021, 2:26 a.mLocation: Sixth and Nueces Streets in the increasingly violent Downtown Austin Entertainment District
Austin City Council Government Member: District 9, Kathie Tovo

Austin police investigating two weekend homicides (homicide # 59 and homicide # 60): Neighbors concerned about rising crime.

Deceased: Leonardo Yanez-Flores of Elgin, TX, Hispanic male, born September 9, 1994, aged 27 – Stabbing
Suspect: Unknown

Austin 9-1-1 received a call in reference to a person who was laying on the ground at 6th and Nueces streets and appeared to have been  stabbed. APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the scene and located the victim where passersby were attempting life  saving measures. Austin-Travis County EMS transported Mr. Yanez-Flores to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He was  pronounced deceased at 2:59 a.m. by Dr. Weston. Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and  investigate the incident. It appears that the victim had been involved in an altercation with unknown suspects at a local bar near the  area.  

This case is currently under investigation.

Denis Alexis Ocampo-Maldonado (Massachusetts State Police photo)

Homicide # 59

Case: 21-2550242
Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021, 2:20 a.m.
Location: 7601 N Lamar Blvd, El Nocturno Night Club 
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Jocson Antonio Zelaya Blanco, Hispanic male, born June 16, 1998, aged 23 – Gunshot Wounds
Arrested: Denis Alexis Ocampo Maldonado, AKA Marko Castro, Hispanic male, 23 years of age 

At approximately 2:20 a.m., Austin 9-1-1 received a call reporting that a person had been shot outside a local bar, El Nocturno Night Club, located at 7601 N Lamar Blvd.  APD officers responded and were directed to a Hispanic male who appeared to have suffered several gunshot wounds laying in the parking  lot. The Austin Fire Department (AFD) arrived on scene and began life saving measures on the victim but unfortunately were unsuccessful.  The victim was pronounced deceased at 2:47 a.m. by Dr. Miller. 
The Austin Police Department (APD) identified a suspect and issued an arrest warrant for Denis Alexis Ocampo Maldonado.  
During the course of their investigation, investigators learned that Maldonado had fled Texas, had ties to New Bedford, Massachusetts, and was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Massachusetts Fugitive Task Force at a residence in New Bedford. Maldonaldo is being held on a $1 million bond and awaiting extradition back to Texas.
New Bedford Guide reported, “Investigators learned that the suspect, a native of Honduras, had ties to New Bedford. MSP’s Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, US Marshals, and New Bedford Police developed information that OCAMPO-MALDONADO may be preparing to flee the US,” and the joint investigation identified an address of interest.
Officials say surveillance was set up at the address and they observed a vehicle with Texas license plates in the area.
A perimeter was set up around the building and the MSP apprehension team went to the door.
MSP says while there were some attempts at provocation but the team was ultimately able to search the property and located Ocampo-Maldonado in a New Bedford second-floor apartment at 2 Felton St.
Ocampo-Maldonado was taken into custody and transported to State Police-Dartmouth Barracks where he was booked as a fugitive from justice on an Austin warrant for first-degree murder.

Charles Michael Deshawn Walker was arrested at a motel in Corpus Christi on a 1st Degree Murder warrant. (Nueces County Sheriff’s Office photo)

Homicide # 58

Case: 21-2521140
Date: Thursday, September 9, 2021, 5:25 p.m.
Location: 7701 Cameron Rd, Chevron gas station
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Austin City Council Government Member: District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-MadisonDeceased: David Bryan Herrera, Hispanic male, born July 1, 1999, aged 22 – Gunshot Wounds
Arrested: Charles Michael Deshawn Walker, Black male, 17 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified David Bryan Herrera as the deceased in the September 9 homicide on Cameron Rd.

Shooting scene outside Chevron gas station at the intersection of Cameron Rd and Hwy 183 (CBS Austin photo)  

Austin 9-1-1 received a shots fired call at the gas station located at 7701 Cameron Rd.  APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located a male subject with gunshot wounds in the parking lot. Despite life-saving measures, the male subject succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 5:39 p.m. by Dr. Abraham.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses. According to witnesses and video evidence, the decedent made a comment to the Black female driver of a Silver Acura SUV as she was leaving the store. There was a Black male sitting in the front passenger seat of the Acura as the female was walking back to the car. The Black male can be seen exiting the vehicle with a gun and shooting several times at the decedent. Both the female and the passenger got back into the SUV and left the scene. Witnesses have advised police that the driver and passenger are from the San Antonio area.
On September 10, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as gunshot wounds. The manner, Homicide.
Charles Michael Deshawn Walker was arrested at a motel in Corpus Christi on Monday, October 4, 2021.
Walker was taken into custody on a first-degree murder warrant issued by homicide detectives in Austin.
Walker is currently being held in the Nueces County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

 

Tony McCullough (left) and Raffinee McCorkle (right). (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 57

Case: 21-2470822
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021, 12:29 p.m.
Location: 9400 N IH 35 SB West Frontage
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Cornelia Lynn Moore, Black female, born Dec. 16, 1993, aged 27 – Gunshot wound – Road Rage
Arrested: Tony McCullough, Black male, 30 years of ageArrested: Raffinee McCorkle, Black female, 32 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified Cornelia Lynn Moore as the deceased in the September 4 homicide on IH 35.
On Saturday, September 4, 2021, Austin 9-1-1 received a call from a female who was reporting that a silver Dodge Charger was following her and engaging in “road rage” type behavior. The female reported that the person in the Charger was pointing a gun at her. She continued to report to 9-1-1 that the Charger had struck her vehicle.  Shortly thereafter, the 9-1-1 caller reported that the person in the Charger shot her. The caller, Cornelia Lynn Moore, was able to give her location but became unresponsive. Responding APD officers were able to locate a black BMW near the 9400 block of IH 35 on the southbound service road. Officers located a single Black female occupant in the driver’s seat of the BMW with a single gunshot wound. She was unresponsive. Officers attempted life-saving measures until Austin-Travis County EMS arrived. Unfortunately Cornelia Lynn Moore was pronounced deceased at the scene at 1:07 p.m.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to investigate and process the scene.
On September 5, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as a gunshot wound and the manner of death a Homicide.
After investigating, the suspects in the Dodge Charger were identified as Tony McCullough and Raffinee McCorkle. McCullough was believed to have a weapon based on the I-35 shooting and would not comply with officers’ commands to leave the residence, the APD said. McCullough was arrested Saturday night after an hours-long SWAT standoff at a north Austin apartment complex. McCullough did, eventually, peacefully surrendered and was arrested without incident, according to APD. At the time of McCullough’s arrest, the APD said it had also “detained a woman for questioning.” The U.S. Marshals Lonestar Fugitive Task Force took both suspects into custody. They were both subsequently transported to the Travis County Jail and booked on murder charges.

Both suspects have been charged with murder, however, as of September 21, 2021, McCullough was still in custody at the Travis County Jail but McCorkle was not.

Homicide # 56

Case: 21-2460859
Date: Friday, September 3, 2021, 1:46 p.m.
Location: 9345 E Hwy U.S. 290, Eryngo Hills Apartments complex
Austin City Council Government Member: District 1, Mayor Pro-Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
Deceased: Ariel Hyder, Black female, Born September 10, 1991, aged 29 – Gunshot wounds
Suspect: Unknown

Austin 9-1-1 received multiple shots fired calls at an apartment complex located at 9345 E. Hwy U.S. 20. APD officers and Austin-Travis  County EMS arrived on scene and located three Black male subjects with gunshot wounds. They also located a female victim in the driver’s  seat of a vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds. Despite life saving measures, the female, Ariel Hyder succumbed to her injuries and was  pronounced deceased at 2:36 p.m. by Dr. Schreffler. She died one week before her 30th birthday. All other gunshot victims were transported to various hospitals around the Austin area.  None of these subjects sustained life-threatening injuries and all have been treated and released.

 

Homicide # 55

Case: 21-2440051
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 12:49 a.m.
Location: 2400 Block E Riverside Dr, that’s on East Riverside Dr and South Pleasant Valley Rd, about a mile away from Homicide # 54’s location. Note that both of these homicides (homicide # 54 and homicide # 55) occurred on the first day the statewide camping ban went into effect (HB1925 bans encampments in all public areas).
Austin City Council Government Member: District 3, Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Deceased: Charles Wayne Roberts, White male, born May 15, 1954, aged 67 – Gunshot Wound
Suspect: Unknown

At about 1 a.m. police responded to multiple shots fired calls Austin 9-1-1 received about a shooting at a homeless camp along East Riverside Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road, about a mile away from the earlier shooting (homicide # 54).
Austin Police (APD) officers and Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) arrived on scene. After searching the area, officers found a tent with blood. Inside the tent, they found a man who had been shot and killed. Despite life-saving measures, the male subject  succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 1:38 a.m. by Dr. Escott.  Police said he was was 67 years old.
On Dec. 3, 2021 APD identified the victim in this shooting as Charles Wayne Roberts.
The autopsy found Roberts died from gunshot wounds, in the manner of homicide. No one is in custody for this shooting.

Homicide # 54

Case: 21-2440005
Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 12:01 a.m.
Location:  2100 Block of Burton Dr near East Oltorf St, about a mile away from Homicide # 55’s location. Note that both of these homicides (homicide # 54 and homicide # 55) occurred on the first day the statewide camping ban went into effect (HB1925 bans encampments in all public areas).
Austin City Council Government Member: District 3, Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Deceased: Terry Ray Fisher, Black male, born April 4, 1987, aged 34  – Gunshot Wounds
Suspect: Unknown

On Wednesday, September 1, 2021, Austin 9-1-1 received multiple shots fired calls in the 2100 Block of Burton Dr. Austin Police (APD) officers and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located a male subject with gunshot wounds. It also appeared as if the male had been run over by a vehicle. Despite life-saving measures, the male subject succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 12:09 a.m. by Dr. Escott.
No suspects are in custody. Police are unsure of what led up to the incident, said officer Michael Bullock, a spokesman with the Police Department.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses.
On September 2, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as gunshot wounds and blunt force trauma injuries. The manner of death was ruled Homicide.

 

Homicide # 53

Case: 21-2391803
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021, 11:33 p.m.
Location: 1300 Block of Southport Dr that’s near U.S. 290 and Manchaca Road
Austin City Council Government Member: District 3, Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Deceased: Jesus Alejandro Sillas-Trevino, Hispanic male, born Dec. 31, 2001, aged 19 – Gunshot Wounds
Suspect: Unknown

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified the deceased in the August 27 homicide on Southport Dr. as Jesus Alejandro Sillas-Trevino.
Around 11:33 p.m., Austin 9-1-1 received multiple shots fired calls in the 1300 Block of Southport Dr. APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) arrived on scene and located two male subjects with gunshot wounds. Despite life-saving measures, Jesus Alejandro Sillas-Trevino succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 12:06 a.m. by Dr. Abraham. The second subject was transported to a local hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses. What led to the shooting remains under investigation, police said.
On Saturday, August 28, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as gunshot wounds and the manner, Homicide.

Mother Staleigh B. Coleman (left) and boyfriend Blake Howard Jones (right). (Austin Police Department Photo)

Homicide # 52

Case: 21-0661288
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 8:02 p.m.
Location: 2020 E Riverside Dr, First Choice Emergency Room Center
Austin City Council Government Member: District 3, Sabino “Pio” Renteria
Deceased: Stavian Driver, Black male, born September 22, 2014, aged 6 – Scalding, Homicide
Arrested: Blake Howard Jones, Black male, 27 years of age
Staleigh B. Coleman, Black female, 27 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified 6-year-old Stavian Driver as the deceased in the March 7 homicide on Riverside Dr.
On Sunday, March 7, 2021, at approximately 8:02 p.m., APD officers responded to a “Check Welfare Urgent” call at the First Choice Emergency Room Center at 2020 E Riverside Drive.
Arrest warrants for Coleman and Jones were obtained after a caller reported to 9-1-1 that an unresponsive boy with burns from boiling water was brought to First Choice Emergency Room Center on Riverside Drive on Sunday.
“The caller reported that they were getting mixed information as to why the child, a six-year-old male, became unresponsive,” the warrants stated.
Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) arrived and transported the child victim to the emergency room at Dell’s Children Medical Center. Stavian Driver succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at 8:51 p.m. by Dr. Sujit Iyer.
Over the next several days, homicide detectives interviewed Stavian Driver’s mother, Staleigh Coleman, and her boyfriend, Blake Jones. Both individuals were at their residence when the incident occurred. A search warrant was also executed at that residence which was located at 2430 Cromwell Circle.
Jones recounted he heard the boy scream when the boiling water fell on him from the stove and helped him into a bathtub with cold running water, the warrants said. However, Jones said he left the boy in the bathtub for about 15 minutes and came back to find he was not breathing.
When asked why he didn’t call 911, Jones said “he just didn’t think 911 would’ve gotten there in time,” according to the warrants.
However, the warrants stated Coleman’s account of what happened was different, saying she “could not provide the details that took place once the victim was in the bathroom.” Additionally, she denied the child was placed in the tub with cold running water.
The warrants said a search was done at their apartment and items found in the kitchen were moved around in a way that was inconsistent with Coleman and Jones’ stories. Additional pots were on the stove and burners were overturned.
Due to serious inconsistencies as to how Stavian received scalding burns over 40% of his upper body, arrest warrants were issued for both Staleigh Coleman and Blake Jones for injury to a child by omission. Their bonds were set at $100,000 each.
On March 10, 2021, the U.S. Marshals Lonestar Fugitive Task Force arrested Coleman and Jones on their warrants.  They were transported and booked into the Travis County Jail. Both are currently out of jail on bond. 
On August 3, 2021, the APD Homicide Unit received the completed autopsy report from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office. Stavian’s official cause of death was ruled scald injuries and the manner of death, homicide.
Although burns covered half of the boy’s body, according to U.S. Marshals, “abrasions, scrapes, and contusions” were also found during the autopsy, according to the warrants.
This report has been forwarded to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office [Democrat Socialist Jose Garza] for review.
Because Staleigh Coleman and Blake Jones are currently out of jail on bond pending grand jury indictment, the facts detailed in the Medical Examiner’s final ruling of Homicide will also be presented to a Grand Jury for consideration and determination of all appropriate charges.

 

Arlun Raythunda Watford (Montogomery County Sheriff’s Office Photo)

Homicide # 51

Case: 21-2230294
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 6:52 a.m.
Location: 8100 N Mopac #247, the Bridge at Terracina Apartments complex off North Mopac Expressway, that is in Northwest Austin at Steck & MoPac
Austin City Council Government Member: District 10, Alison Alter
Deceased: Delilah Guzman, Hispanic female, born December 19, 1987, aged 33 – Gunshot Wound
Arrested: Arlun Raythunda Watford, Black male, age 28

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified the deceased in the August 11 homicide in the 8100 block of N Mopac as Delilah Guzman.

Delilah Guzman

On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 9-1-1 received a call from a female advising that somebody was breaking into her apartment and that she had been shot. APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located a female subject unresponsive on the floor in her apartment. The victim appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound. Despite life-saving measures, the victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at 7:19 a.m. by Dr. Escott. Guzman was the mother of four.

Delilah Guzman

Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses.
On August 12, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as gunshot wound and the manner, homicide. Officials have ruled her cause of death a homicide after initially investigating it as suspicious.
According to the Austin Police Department, at 10:15 am Friday September 17, 2021 Montgomery County Deputies and the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force arrested Arlun Raythunda Watford, 28, of 2333 Poplar Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana where he had been a student at Mcneese State University. He was arrested at the Cricket Hollow Apartments in the 9700 block FM 1097 in Willis, Texas near Conroe, Texas for a first-degree murder warrant issued by the Austin Police Homicide Unit. Watford is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Cordell Christopher Adams (Travis County Jail Photo)

Homicide # 50

Case: 21-2140250
Date: Monday, August 2, 2021, 5:23 a.m.
Location: 10102 N Lamar Blvd, North Lamar Chiropractic parking lot
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Alejandro Austin, Hispanic male, born May 20, 1993, aged 28 – Gunshot Wound
Arrested: Cordell Christopher Adams, Black male, 36 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has made an arrest in the August 2 homicide of Alejandro Austin on N. Lamar Blvd. Austin 911 received a report of a shots fired at 10102 N. Lamar Blvd. APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located the victim lying in the parking with obvious trauma. The victim, later identified as Alejandro Austin, was immediately transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas in critical condition. At 3 p.m., the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Dr. Farnsworth.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses. According to witnesses, the victim had been arguing with a known suspect just prior to the shooting.
On August 3, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as gunshot wound and the manner, homicide.
According to the arrest affidavit, surveillance videos from nearby businesses showed a suspect in the area of the shooting, the victim being shot and the man leaving the scene. A Crime Stoppers tip also helped authorities make an arrest, the affidavit said.
Austin police asked the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force to help find Adams. The task force discovered he was still in the Austin area and saw him at a home on Fieldwood Drive.
U.S. Marshals say Cordell Christopher Adams, 36, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder August 4, 2021 in the 1000 block of Fieldwood Drive, also in north Austin. He was booked into the Travis County Jail and will be held with a bond set at $500,000.
A warrant was issued for Adams’ arrest on Tuesday. U.S. Marshals say Adams is accused of shooting Alejandro Austin, 27, in the head in a chiropractic center parking lot on North Lamar Boulevard.

 

Homicide # 49

Surpasses 2020 homicide total and it’s only the first day of August.

Case: 21-2130159
Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021, 2:15 a.m.
Location: Cherrywood area where 1400 E 38 ½ St intersects with Werner Lane
Austin City Council Government Member: District 9, Kathie Tovo
Deceased: James Burrows, White male, born July 8, 1958, aged 63 – Gunshot Wound
Suspect: Unknown

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified James Burrows as the deceased in the Sunday, August 1 homicide on E. 38 ½ St. Austin 9-1-1 received a report of a person lying in the Cherrywood Coffeehouse’s parking lot after multiple callers reported hearing gunshots fired at around 2:15 a.m. that Sunday morning.
Travis County Democrat [Socialist] Party Chair Katie Naranjo posted duplicate tweets in a victory for defeating Prop A (defunding [abolishing] the Austin Police Department).

Democrat Socialist Celia Israel (left) celebrates at the No Way on Prop A’s election night watch party at Cherrywood Coffeehouse patio on November 2, 2021.
No Way on Prop A’s election night watch party at Cherrywood Coffeehouse patio on November 2, 2021.
No Way on Prop A’s election night watch party at Cherrywood Coffeehouse patio on November 2, 2021. Openly anti-police activist Chris Harris of former Grassroots Leadership and current Texas Appleseed toasts to a victory against increasing police staffing in a defunded police City of Austin.

APD Officer Demitri Hobbs said officers saw Burrows and immediately performed life-saving measures, but Burrows was pronounced dead at the crime scene at the Cherrywood Coffeehouse parking lot.

Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses.
On August 2, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled the cause of death as gunshot wounds and the manner, Homicide.

Homicide # 48

Case: 21-2041690
Date: Friday, July 23, 2021, 10:20 p.m.
Location: Police said it happened at the Conoco gas station in the 2000 block of South Intestate 35 Frontage Road. That’s near Mariposa Drive.
Austin City Council Government Member: District 9, Kathie Tovo
Deceased: Nikolas Eugenio Martinez, Hispanic male, born March 21, 1998, aged 23 – Stabbing
Suspect: Unknown

Austin 9-1-1 received a call from Nikolas Eugenio Martinez saying that he had been stabbed around 10:20 p.m. He was able to drive a short distance to a Conoco convenience store in the 2000 block of S. IH 35 where several citizens attempted to assist him. APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located Mr. Martinez with a life-threatening stab wound. Despite life saving measures, Mr. Martinez succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased on the scene at 10:47 p.m. by Dr. Abraham.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to process the scene and interview witnesses.
On July 24, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy.
“That day he was just doing his normal thing. He actually told my nephew over the online games that he was going to get his laundry, so that’s what we think he was doing,” said Wendy Martinez, his mom.
Martinez added, “We don’t know of anyone who would want to hurt him.”
APD says no witnesses have come forward. Because of that, detectives aren’t sure whether the stabbing was random.
“A case where someone, where a witness knows somebody else is always going to be solved faster,” said Det. Christopher Vanlandingham, the lead investigator in the case. “But a case like this where we don’t have a witness that knows the person that did this, it’s going to take a little bit more time.”

Knife believed to be used to murder Nikolas Eugenio Martinez.

It’s an MTech Ballistic MT-A890 knife. The knife pictured has neon highlights in its indentations, which Vanlandingham says the manufacturer doesn’t add to knives, so he believes the suspect may have added those. He hopes someone will recognize it.

“We solve a very high percentage of our cases, and it’s really with the help of the public, with the help people coming and being willing to give information and being willing to work with us,” Vanlandingham said. “That’s why we have such a success rate. And I believe this case won’t be any different. Ultimately, I believe we’ll figure out who did this to Mr. Martinez.”

Knife (right) believed to be used to murder Nikolas Eugenio Martinez (left). Anyone with information about the owner of the knife or this homicide is asked to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS.(Austin Police and Martinez Family)

Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the knife, has video of the incident or has information about what happened to call APD’s Homicide Unit at (512) 974-TIPS, email homicide.apd@austintexas.gov, utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. Tips may remain anonymous.

In addition to the family’s $8,000 reward, Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone who can help lead police to an arrest.

The family of Nikolas Eugenio Martinez asked the public for help trying to find the murderer who killed him at Austin Police Department Headquarters.
Martinez’s family held a press conference with the lead investigator in the case Det. Christopher Vanlandingham August 17, 2021, offering an $8,000 reward toward the arrest of the person who stabbed him.

 

Jarette Blanchard booked into the Travis County Jail on 7/27/2021 (Austin Police Department Photo) Record: 11214591 / Booking: 2112665 / Charge: 0100-0 MURDER

Homicide # 47

Case: 21-1980227
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2021, 2:49 a.m.
Location: 6th and Neches streets alley in the increasingly violent Downtown Austin Entertainment District
Austin City Council Government Member: District 9, Kathie Tovo
Deceased: Dyvyne Ware, Black male, born January 6, 1999, aged 22 – Gunshot Wound
Arrested: Jarette Greg Blanchard

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified Dyvyne Ware as the deceased in the July 17 homicide at 6th and Neches streets.
Austin 9-1-1 received several calls in reference to multiple shots being fired near 6th and Neches streets in an alley. APD officers and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on scene and located an unresponsive male subject in the alley. The victim, Dyvyne Ware, appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound and was quickly transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians were called to begin the investigation and process the scene. This case is currently under investigation detectives are following leads to identify the suspect.
On July 18, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy.  The official cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest and the manner of death, homicide.
Jarette Blanchard was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Lonestar Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday, July 27 for the July 17 homicide of Dyvyne Ware. He is currently in custody in the Travis County Jail with a $500,000 bond.

In an unrelated crime September 2017, Mr. Blanchard (outlined red box, below photo) was one of 81 suspects busted for dealing drugs to homeless around the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH) in downtown Austin. Why are these harmful criminals released from prison to commit further heinous crimes to the detriment of the Austin community’s safety?

Aaron David Garza

Homicide # 46

Case: 21-1931522
Date: Monday, July 12, 2021, 10:38 p.m.
Location: 10242 Missel Thrush Dr
Austin City Council Government Member: District 6, Mackenzie Kelly
Deceased: Joshua Cooper, White male, August 14, 1985, aged 35 – Gunshot Wound
Arrested: Aaron David Garza, Hispanic male, 18 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has made an arrest in the July 12 homicide of Joshua Cooper on Missel Thrush Dr. On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, a warrant was issued for Aaron David Garza charging him with murder. Mr. Garza was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and was booked in at the Williamson County Jail.
Court documents released July 16, 2021 state a 19-year-old woman, Coopers’ stepdaughter, was driving home from her shift at HEB on Lakeline and US 183. She told police she thought she was being followed because a car she didn’t recognize was flashing their high beams and following closely as she drove.
When the young woman arrived at her house, she stayed in the driver’s seat to call her mother and stepfather to say someone had followed her home. Police state Garza had parked, blocking her in the driveway. Garza then began looking around her car for his tracker, according to court documents.
Police state, Cooper and his wife confronted Garza, asking what he was doing. He went on about the tracker he was looking for. Cooper then told his wife to call 911.
Before Cooper’s wife could unlock her phone, she told police she heard gunshots then saw Garza shoot Cooper at close range multiple times.
The court documents state Garza then turned the gun on the young woman in the driver’s seat but the gun malfunctioned. At that point, the young woman realized Garza was one of the employees she used to work with at HEB. A struggle between Garza and the young women ensued leading to Garza “pistol whipping” both the young woman and Cooper’s wife badly enough to the point of hospitalization.
Before Garza got away, one neighbor used pepper spray to fight back.
“If I knew there was a gun involved, I don’t think I would let that person get that close to me to mace them from here to there,” said a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified.
Court documents state the young woman had no relationship with Garza outside of work. She told police conversations with Garza while at HEB were intermittent and he would at times say things to her she found odd.
On Monday, July 12, 2021 at approximately 10:38 p.m., Austin 911 received a call in reference to shots being fired. Additional calls reported screaming following the shots being fired. APD officers arrived on scene and discovered a male laying in the street in front of 10241 Missel Thrush Dr. The male victim appeared to have been shot and was unresponsive. APD officers along with neighboring residents attempted life-saving measures until Austin-Travis County EMS (ATCEMS) arrived. ATCEMS took over but were unsuccessful in reviving Mr. Cooper. He was pronounced deceased at 11:05 p.m. on the scene.
APD officers also discovered two female victims in front of 10245 Missel Thrush Dr. Both female victims sustained head injuries from an apparent assault. The two females were quickly assessed and transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. It became apparent that the two females were related to the male victim. The suspect had fled according to information provided at the scene.
On July 13, 2021, the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death homicide.
Online jail records show Mr. Garza was booked into the Williamson County jail on July 15, 2021.
According to the affidavit, Garza was charged with one count of 1st-degree murder (death of Mr. Cooper) and two counts of aggravated assault (Mr. Cooper’s wife and stepdaughter).

 

LEFT: Dedreuain Reese, 22, RIGHT: Milo Douglas, 32 (Austin Police photos)

Homicide # 45

Case: 21-1881589
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 10:38 p.m.
Location: 8305 Swallow Ct, a north Austin Multi-Family Residence / Apartment complex (39 residents) that’s near North Lamar Boulevard and U.S. 183. Reference HUD / Public housing / Austin Housing Authority
Austin City Council Government Member: District 4, Greg Casar
Deceased: Lauren Gums, Black male, born April 21, 1973, aged 48
Arrested: Dedreuain Michael Reese, Black male, 22 years of age
Milo C. Douglas, Black male, 32 years of age

The Austin Police Department (APD) has identified Lauren Gums as the victim in the July 7 homicide on Swallow Ct.
Austin 911 received calls in reference to a person that had been shot and was bleeding at the above location. APD officers arrived on scene and discovered the victim, Lauren Gums, laying in the parking lot in front of 8305 Swallow Ct. with an apparent gunshot wound and unresponsive. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived on the scene and he was pronounced deceased at 10:49 p.m.
Homicide investigators along with crime scene technicians were called to the scene to investigate. This case is under investigation.
On July 8, 2021, The Travis County Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death to be gunshot wounds and the manner of death homicide.
On Thursday, July 15, 2021, a warrant was issued for Dedreuain Reese charging him with murder in this case. Following that arrest on July 16, 2021, another warrant was issued charging the second suspect, Milo Douglas with murder.
Both suspects were located and arrested by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. They are both being held at the Travis County Jail.

Detectives are asking anyone with information or video of any unresolved incidents to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email, utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. Detectives are continuing to seek out witnesses. You may remain anonymous. Information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android. Remember, the majority of the suspects are still at large. Please help keep our community safe. After the loss of citizen ballot measure Prop A on November 2, 2021, the Democrat Socialist activists move closer towards abolishing the police.

Contact the following state/federal government officials about refunding the Austin Police Department for Congressional District: 21: 

John Cornyn

Senior Senator for Texas

Since Nov 30, 2002 (next election in 2026)
Republican
Twitter @JohnCornyn Official Website Phone: 202-224-2934
Ted Cruz
Junior Senator for Texas
Since Jan 3, 2013 (next election in 2024)
Republican
Twitter @SenTedCruz Official Website Phone: 202-224-5922
Chip Roy
Representative for Texas’s 21st congressional district
Since Jan 3, 2019 (next election in 2022)
Republican
Twitter: @RepChipRoy Official Website Phone: 202-225-4236

 

State Senate District: 14

Sarah Eckhardt

Since July  2020 (next election in 2022)

Democrat Socialist

Twitter: @sarah_eckhardt  Official Website Phone: 512-463-0114

 

State House District: 49

Gina Hinojosa

Since 2020 (next election in 2022)

Democrat Socialist

Twitter: @GinaForAustin Official Website Phone: 512-463-0668

 

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