Authorities searching for fugitive accused of binding, attacking victims during robbery

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of robbing and attacking two men in their home in December.

According to the warrant, David Wayne Vance, 37, (pictured below from a previous arrest) and his friend bound one man with a zip tie and shot him, and bound another man with duct tape and hit him in the head with a sledgehammer. The shooting victim was taken to the hospital.

In the apartment, police say they found speakers broken apart and floor vent covers that had been removed.

In one of the floor vents, officers found a large plastic bag containing about 9 ounces of cocaine. After a warranted search, two kilos of cocaine were also found and it was discovered that the suspects had completely disregarded one of the victim’s wallet and other valuables, and had only been interested in the contraband in the speakers and floor vents.

The two victims later described the two suspects to officers. According to the victims, the suspects wore paper respirator masks to disguise their faces during the attacks. One of the victims says about $800 was stolen from him.

In the course of the investigation, Capital Area Crime Stoppers recieved annonymous tips confirming information that had not been released to the public and also that identified Vance as one of the suspects and Jeremy Parsons as the other. Parsons was previously interviewed by police while he was in the Fayette County Jail on an unrelated charge, and police say he admitted to being friends with Vance.

Parsons was later arrested on charges related to the robbery and assault of the two men in December.

During his own interviews with police, Vance gave statements about where he was the night of the robbery that police say were later proven to be false. A forensic search of the man’s mobile phone indicated arranged meetings with Parsons right before the robbery. Vance’s cellular data also showed frequent activity throughout the day but with one anomaly: a complete cellular blackout during the hour or so when the robbery happened. 

An analyst suggested that Vance’s cell phone was likely either powered off or put on airplane mode at the time — Parson’s phone also showed zero cellular activity during the same time.

During interviews with other informants and confidential sources, police learned that Vance had told them that he said Parson’s name in front of the victims. According to one of the informants, Vance speaking Parson’s name during the robbery was a point of friction between the two men and a text exchange from Parsons to Vance read: “Yeah, you owe me a car [for] saying my name.”

Vance, who was last known to be living in Kyle, has previously been arrested eight times. Five arrests were in Austin and the other three were in Hays County/San Marcos. Charges include theft, possession of marijuana, assault/bodily injury to a family member, unlawful possession of a firearm, driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He has not been arrested but will face first-degree felony charges of aggravated robbery and his bond will be set at $100,000.

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