AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have arrested three men on capital murder charges in the death of a beloved neighborhood ice cream man, and are searching for another person who was involved.
APD homicide detective Nathan Sexton said there’s an fourth suspect at large, and police believe he was the driver of the car the three got into after the incident. He said police haven’t identified the fourth suspect, but they do have the car in their possession.
Adelaido Bernabe Urias, 68, was pushing his cart through a north Austin apartment complex when he was shot during a robbery June 23. Urias was taken to the hospital and died a week later from his wounds.
APD says the suspects in the case are 18-year-old Marquis Davis, 20-year-old Jermaine Jones and 19-year-old Devlon Wardy.
The Long Star Fugitive Task Force found the suspects, APD says. Davis was arrested days earlier on an unrelated aggravated assault charge, and the task force took Jones and Wardy into custody on Monday. Each of them have bonds of $1 million.
Sexton said there were so many people upset with Urias’ death, multiple people came forward with information to help track down the suspects.
Sexton also said the reward money in the case, $24,000, hasn’t been claimed yet.
Witnesses told police one of the suspects tried to rob the victim in the middle of the day — then shot him and left. Officers found the victim lying in the Serena Park Apartments parking lot.
An APD homicide detective said the vendor was likely targeted because food vendors like him tend to carry cash.
“The family is always going to remember him as a hard working man, a very nice man, who lived his life trying to get by, working everyday,” Urias’ nephew, Leo Bello, said at a previous press conference.