APD seeking the public’s assistance in identifying September robbery suspects

From the Austin Police Department:

For immediate release

April 21, 2016
Contact: Public Information Office, (512) 974-5017

On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at 2:21 p.m., Austin Police officers responded to a Robbery call at the Double M Grocery located at 7700 FM 969.

The suspects are described as:

Suspect #1 – Hispanic male, 5’4”-5’7”, 16-20 years of age, medium build, wearing a white muscle shirt and black basketball-style shorts with tattoos on his shoulders
Suspect #2 – Hispanic male, 5’4”-5’7”, 16-20 years of age, medium build, wearing dark/possibly blue ball cap with sunglasses on the cap, dark blue t-shirt and camoflauge pants
The suspect vehicle is a silver 4-door compact car.

APD Robbery is seeking the public’s assistance in locating and identifying the suspects in this case (case #15-2601975). If you have information, please contact the APD Robbery Tip Line at (512) 974-5092.

Those with information may also call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (512-472-8477) or text to “Tip 103” + your message to C R I M E S.


Travis County sheriff’s detectives looking for robbery suspects

From the Travis County sheriff’s department:

Shortly after 8pm, on April 6, 2016, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the intersection of Golden Sunrise
Lane and Sweet Leaf Lane to assist Austin-Travis County EMS with a person who received non-life
threatening injuries during an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

According to statements from the scene, the suspects robbed the victim at gunpoint in the 2000 Block of
Golden Sunrise Lane and fled the scene after shooting the victim. The victim then went to the intersection
and called 911. The victim was then transported to the hospital where he was treated and released for his

The suspects are described as 3 black males, 18 to 21 years of age. At least two of the suspects were
armed with handguns. The suspects fled the scene in a White Kia Soul.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Tip Line
at 512-854-8488 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477).

Austin police offers motorcycle theft prevention tips for 2016 Moto GP

From Austin Police Department:

For immediate release
April 7, 2016
Contact: Public Information Office, (512) 974-5017

APD’s Auto Theft Interdiction Program would like to remind everyone that thousands of motorcyclists will be in Austin attending the Moto GP race at the Circuit of the Americas beginning Friday, April 8 – Sunday, April 10, 2016. During the event, criminals look for opportunities to steal motorcycles. Don’t assume your motorcycle is safe. Criminals steal motorcycles to make a quick profit. Criminals ride away on easy targets or lift them into trucks or vans if they’re not secured to a stationary object. Stolen motorcycles are then stripped of easy to sell parts or sold whole to an unsuspecting buyer.

These crimes are preventable if you take a few extra moments to reduce your risk of being a victim. Take these precautions to make your motorcycle less of a target:

  • Lock your motorcycle to a fixed, or anchored object, or another motorcycle
  • Lock your ignition and remove the key, many thefts occur when the ignition is off but left unlocked
  • If you see an outdoor security camera, park your motorcycle within the camera’s view
  • Do not store the title, registration, or insurance information in your motorcycle
  • Choose a well-lit, secure area to park and check on your motorcycle often
  • Add an audible alarm or GPS tracking device
  • Lock the forks and disc brakes

APD would also like to remind drivers to be patient and use extra precautions when driving. Make sure not to drive distracted, watch out for pedestrians and obey traffic laws.

For more information, please contact APD’s Auto Theft Interdiction Program at (512) 974-5265. Stay informed with APD’s new app, Austin PD. Download it today for Android and IOS.

Follow live: Week 2 in trial of former Bastrop deputy Daniel Willis

The second trial of former Bastrop County sheriff’s deputy Daniel Willis continues this week. Willis is on trial for the murder of Yvette Smith, a 47-year-old former Austin State Hospital nurse, whom he shot while on duty in 2014. The murder case against Willis ended in a mistrial last year when a jury deadlocked.

(Laura Skelding/American-Statesman file)
(Laura Skelding/American-Statesman file)

Follow along as the American-Statesman covers the trial live.