Murder rate in Austin is the highest it’s been in decades, police say

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The town of Austin is suffering from the maximum amount of homicides in 10 several years, the Austin Law enforcement Section suggests.

There are currently 44 homicides being investigated in Austin, the section experiences. At this time previous year, there ended up 31.

Why is this taking place?

In a briefing on Monday, APD Lt. Jeff Greenwalt explained the department keeps acquiring thoughts about why homicides are on the increase in Austin.

“We see all the same varieties of murders that we’ve observed in several years past,” Greenwalt reported. “We have a whole lot of robberies that have ended up in any individual dying—making it a money murder. And we have a fair amount of money of domestic violence[s] that take place as properly. But what we’re not viewing is new sort of crime that top to homicides. We’re just viewing all of the exact explanations we’ve witnessed in advance of.”

The lieutenant claimed it may perhaps be a extended when to examine why this is taking place now.

“We never have any tendencies that are Earth-shattering suitable now,” he claimed. “Other than we’re just viewing a whole lot additional quantities than we have in a long time past.”

APD also gave updates on quite a few recent homicides.

Homicides 41-44

Carpenter Avenue, Oct. 30 – Homicide 41

Law enforcement have arrested 18-yr-previous Richard Velocity in relationship with a north Austin capturing, where by 38-calendar year-outdated Jose Francisco Galeano Antunez was pronounced lifeless at the scene. APD claims Speed and an additional juvenile suspect pulled up in a motor vehicle and available to market Antunez cannabis. When he declined, the suspects reportedly tried to rob Antunez and his good friends, ending in the man’s death.

Pace is charged with money murder. An added money murder charge is staying issued for the other juvenile suspect, APD says.

Northwest Austin motor vehicle dealership, Nov. 6 – Murder 42

Two suspects have been arrested and billed with capital murder in relationship with this botched auto theft at a utilised vehicle dealership at 11320 Ranch Highway 2222. The suspects, Modesto Hernandez and Alberto Torres, say they have been at the dealership to steal a auto when a retail store personnel, Jerry Paul Lee, 61, tried to quit them.

In accordance to APD, a further dealership personnel had a concealed handgun and photographs were fired by the two parties. Law enforcement located Lee with a gunshot wound and he was pronounced lifeless shortly after. Torres was shot by the dealership staff and is currently in crucial affliction.

East Austin Waffle Household taking pictures, Nov. 7 – Homicide 43

APD suggests a team of friends—split up in two vehicles—went to the Waffle Household positioned at 8800 East 290 immediately after a night of ingesting at a close by bar. After purchasing foods, the team went outside to wait around in their automobiles when an SUV pulled into the parking whole lot.

A guy within the automobile was keeping a rifle and yet another was keeping a handgun they demanded the group’s possessions. In the course of action of the friends surrendering their possessions, APD says 1 of the buddies tried to drive away.

At this place, the gentleman with the rifle fired into that auto, hitting 23-12 months-aged target Mario A. Robinson. His good friends then drove him absent to a close by community where they termed police and unexpected emergency solutions.

APD says it’s nonetheless acquiring qualified prospects and that if the community has any details to connect with. A $1,000 reward is currently being offered.

Spyglass Push capturing, Nov. 8 – Murder 44

At about 7:30 a.m., officers responded to an condominium complicated at 1781 Spyglass Drive, where by they discovered the 25-12 months-old victim with a gunshot wound. Inspite of life-conserving measures by Austin-Travis EMS, the target died at the scene at 7:45 a.m.

According to APD, the sufferer was shot by his boyfriend whilst making an attempt to pack up and leave. An argument over the possession of a shot gun ensued and a fight broke out. Police say the shot gun went off, putting the victim.

The suspect has been arrested on manslaughter prices and his bond was established at $20,000. The investigation is ongoing and APD claims the rates could be upgraded based.

Gov. Abbott takes purpose at Austin

Gov. Greg Abbott took to Twitter Monday, declaring the city’s murder amount is the greatest in 20 decades.

“This is why it is absurd that Austin is defunding law enforcement. It is also why Texas will act to roll back again that defunding and think about getting above policing some parts of Austin,” Abbott reported.