Man charged with shooting friend outside Applebee’s while trying to rob him

Applebee's where male victim was shot

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 29-year-old man is facing charges after he’s accused of meeting with an acquaintance outside a north Austin Applebee’s restaurant and shooting him while trying to rob him at gunpoint. 

Police say the victim, Dallas-resident K. Ellis, knew Deontae Armon Burns through family associations. While Ellis was in town, Burns allegedly asked to meet with him on the night of April 24 at an Applebee’s restaurant at 7522 North Interstate 35

Burns arrived at the restaurant just after midnight, in what the victim described to police as a green or black sedan. 

“While Ellis was sitting in his parked vehicle in the parking lot of Applebee’s, Burns approached him,” police wrote in the affidavit filed in court. “Ellis said Burns asked him if he wanted to buy any marijuana and while Ellis was talking to Burns another male approached the passenger side of Ellis’ vehicle.” 

The second man commanded Ellis to give him his watch and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t give it up. Ellis didn’t respond to the second man but when he turned back to Burns, he had a semiautomatic handgun pointed at him, police wrote. 

Ellis momentarily distracted Burns and began driving away when Burns shot several rounds that struck Ellis. He tried to drive himself to an emergency room but couldn’t so he stopped at a gas station and called the mother of his child who came and picked him up. 

K. Carr, the mother of Ellis’ child, also knew Burns and gave police a photo of him and also provided police with his last name. Later, Ellis was shown a photo lineup and identified Burns with “a confidence level of 100%” police wrote. 

Burns had a history of drug charges and there were outstanding federal warrants against him, police say. He was taken into custody by members of the APD Intelligence Unit who were assigned as Task Force Officers for the U.S. Marshal Service. 

He was charged with first-degree felony aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with this crime and is facing $50,000 bond. 

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