AUSTIN (KXAN) - Police: Man took butterfly knife into ABIA
A man is facing felony charges after police said he took aweapon into the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
An X-ray operator at ABIA discovered a butterfly knife in a bagbelonging to Jonathan Daum, 25. The baggage was confiscated, andofficials located the knife - which had a 4-inch blade - in theside pocket of the bag.
Daum told officials he did not know the knife was in his bag,and he now faces charges of having a weapon where they areprohibited.
Informant leads officers to cocaine bust
An informant led officers to two men who authorities said weredealing a large amount of drugs in Austin.
The informant Tuesday advised police that Michael ChristianThomas, 21, was traveling from San Antonio to Austin to sell $7,000worth of cocaine.
Thomas reportedly arrived with a second individual at aPflugerville apartment complex to complete the transaction. Thesecond person was the owner of the car they arrived in, identifiedas Juan Perez, 25.
When the vehicle came to a stop, Pflugerville police officersdetained the men, seizing a large bag of cocaine. Both men facefelony charges of possession of controlled substance with theintent to deliver.
Court date set in Mardi Gras killing
A coupleaccused of burning up a 21-year-old woman on Mardi Gras afterluring her from Downtown Austin has a court date set for June18.
Christy Lynne Espinosa's burning body was discovered Feb. 25,2009 along a road in Northeast Travis County. She was last seencelebrating Mardi Gras on Sixth Street the night before.
Martha Medina-Hernandez and her husband Kenneth Hernandez arecharged with murder after authorities said they believe they killedEspinosa to steal her identity, saying it was "a case of somebodybeing in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Arrest warrants in March 2009 indicated the coupleblamed each other for Espinosa's death. Both admitted tomeeting an intoxicated Espinosa on Sixth Street and taking her toKenneth's car before driving around Austin.
Kenneth told detectives Martha suffocated Espinosa with SaranWrap because she was jealous the woman was flirting with herhusband. However, Martha claimed it was Kenneth who suffocatedher.
Espinosa graduated from Crockett High School in 2005, where she tookadvanced placement classes and was a member of the dance team.
Cops: Man injures jailer during fingerprinting
Austin police arrested a man Wednesday in the
The suspect's actual identity is Steven James, 50, whichauthorities discovered through fingerprinting.
Officers said James initially refused to comply with procedurewhen they attempted to arrest him, pulling away from them andcontinuing to act out while in custody.
James reportedly tried to prevent them from fingerrpinting him,and a jailer received an injury to his wrist while trying to bookhim. The jailer was put on no-duty status until June 6 to recoverfrom his injury.
James faces charges of assaulting a public servant, possessionof a controlled substance and failing to ID a fugitive.
Police make drug bust inside home
During the search, police found Quentin Berry, 20, inside theresidence and said they found a bag on him of something containingwhat appeared to be cocaine.
During a search of the residence, officers discovered 9.96 gramsof suspected hydrocodone and 2 grams of marijuana. Inaddition, they found digital scales and several cups and spoonswith a white residue, which tested positive for cocaine.
Berry faces felony charges of possession of a controlledsubstance.
Person shot in the face early Friday morning
Austin police are investigating an aggravated assault after ashooting that happened early Friday morning in NortheastAustin.
The shooting happened at
Police said about 30 minutes later, two of the people involvedin the disturbance - Telisia Washington and Terron Jones -drove up to the third person as he was sitting in a parked vehiclewith another person on Regency Drive and shot at it. The passengerwas hit, and he called 911 as he exited the vehicle.
The suspects fled the scene, but police said the driver followedthe suspects' vehicle until police were able to apprehend them.
Emergency responders transported the victim - with a gunshotwound to the face - to
Police said they arrested Washington and Jones, who are nowcharged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Laura Hall sentencing hearing date set
Convicted of tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension,Laura Hall is behind bars awaiting her sentencing trial - now setfor June 25.
The Texas Third Court ofAppeals threw out her five-year sentence on Feb. 19, 2009 aftera jury convicted her of helping convicted killer and former University ofTexas student Colton Pitonyak mutilate his friend's body.
Meanwhile, legalcounsel for Pitonyak is seeking a new trial claiming Hall, 26,is the true killer and not Pitonyak.
This is not the first time Pitonyak's team has asked for a newtrial. His lawyer has previously filed two appeals and three writs,all of which the courts denied.
Documents filed in court indicate Hall confessed to the murderon three different occasions - once while in jail - and that"direct evidence supports the theory that a female assailantmurdered Jennifer."
Pitoynak is serving 55 years for the killing of friend and UTpeer Jennifer Cave, then 21, and partially dismembering her body inhis West Campus apartment. Cave's mother's boyfriend found herdismembered body in an Orange Tree condominiums bathtub in2005.
Before being taken into custody, Pitonyak and Hall both fled toMexico after the murder.
However, Pitonyak's attorneys Thursday contend "much of theevidence which points to Laura Hall as the perpetrator was notpresented at ... trial."
Couple indicted on money laundering charges
The husbandof a woman accused of money laundering has been indicted aswell.
Marco Aponte joins his wife Louanne Aponte in facing chargesafter investigators said they stole between $20,000 and $100,000from FamilyConnections and the Texas Associationof Childcare Resources and Referral Agencies.
Police said they believe the couple may have fled to Venezuela,where Marco is a citizen.
Man attacked with metal dumbbells
A couple of men assaulted another man in a North Austin parkinglot with metal dumbbells in a parking lot, according to police.
Austin police said on May 3, Federico Lorenzo Partida Jr., 19,and another man hit a man numerous times with dumbbells in thearms, head, legs and back - even after he had been knocked to theground.
Police said it happened in the parking lot at the service roadof 8312I-35. The victim said he recognized Partida as the boyfriend ofa co-worker of his and was able to identify Partida to authoritiesas one of the men who attacked him with the dumbbells.
The victim told police Partida had became jealous of thefriendship the victim had with his girlfriend.
Police issued a warrant for Partida's arrest, and he facesaggravated assault charges.
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Car hits pedestrian during police chase
A car involved in a police chase hit a pedestrian walking alongthe sidewalk at the northeast corner of SixthStreet and Congress Avenue on March 19.
Police said Daniel Villarreal, 26, also nearly hit a policeofficer while driving the long way down Coloradoand Fourth streets at 12:48 a.m.
Police said they lost Villarreal when they stopped to assist thefemale who had been hit. However, police were able to link him tothe vehicle and positively identify him in a lineup.
Villarreal is charged with aggravated assault of a publicservant because police said he tried to run an officer over.
Masked men pistol-whip S. Austin couple
Months after a man was pistol-whipped when answering hisapartment door, police issued a warrant to arrest two men in thecase.
The victim and his girlfriend were watching television at theirapartment on SouthPark Drive on Sept. 25, 2009 when they said two men knocked onthe door.
When the man answered, he told police two men wearing Halloweenmasks hit him in the eye with the gun and threatened to kill him.The two suspects reportedly fled and got into a vehicle.
Police said they were able to connect that vehicle to AbdulJamal Dunn, 32, and William Colvin III, 24. Both are charged withaggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Cops: Drunk, screaming woman kicks officer
Austin police officers responded to a disturbance call Wednesdayat 123Bolles Circle in North Austin to find a woman screaming,reportedly making threats and trying to fight with others.
Police said it was clear to the responding officers that thesuspect, Angela Kay Culver, 19, was intoxicated.
Culver was taken to the TravisCounty Jail, where she continuously pulled away from theofficer and screamed.
Then, authorities said Culver kicked an assisting officer on herthigh, though no major injuries occurred.
Culver was secured in an immobilization chair and booked. Shefaces charges of assault on a peace officer and publicintoxication.
Cops: Man takes gun to clinic, threatens people
A man faces felony charges after police said he took a gun to aclinic and threatened people.
Austin police responded to 7110Cameron Road on Tuesday and said they spoke to multiplewitnesses, including a man who knew the suspect. This man toldofficers suspect Jesus Miguel Ochoa, 17, had a long standingdisagreement with him - adding that Ochoa had been looking for himto assault him.
The man said he was taking his sick child to a clinic when Ochoaarrived with two other males and took out a gun. Ochoa allegedlyattempted to enter the clinic, but the witness said he stopped himat the door.
The man continued to attempt to keep Ochoa from entering theclinic and said he was punched in the face multiple times. That iswhen the witness said he picked up the suspect and pushed himthrough a plate glass window and into the lobby of the clinic.
Ochoa and the two men he came with reportedly fled the scene,but police said they were able to identify him with photoidentification.
Ochoa faces felony charges of aggravated assault with a deadlyweapon.
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