Man found dead inside vehicle in southeast Austin identified by police

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police have identified the man who was found dead inside a vehicle in southeast Austin on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Austin Police Department identified the victim as Ramon Patino Munoz, 54.

Police say Munoz, who appeared to be shot, was found inside a crashed vehicle with “obvious trauma to his body” in the 2200 block of Willow Creek Drive, which is near Oltorf Street and Pleasant Valley Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:17 a.m.

APD received an initial report of two men involved in an altercation with a weapon around 11:09 a.m. Wednesday.

Neighbors who heard the commotion say when they ran outside, the wheels were still spinning on a lime green car smashed up against a wall.

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“I looked out my window and I saw a car, so I ran out, jumped the fence and I looked in,” said nearby apartment resident Kyle Ross. “One tire was still smoking, and I could see the window was shattered and was a slice in it so it looked like gunshots, and I was gonna break the window and help him, but his head was all the way back and he’s gone.”

Witnesses also told police they saw a blue SUV with multiple people inside leaving the area at the time of the incident. That blue SUV was identified in at least two robberies that happened earlier that morning before the homicide. APD said those incidents might involve the same car and/or suspects, but it’s still under investigation.

“This is why it’s so important that we are reaching out to the community. They are our eyes and ears,” said Austin Police Officer Destiny Silva. “We work closely with this. A lot of times cases are solved because somebody reaches out, they saw something or heard something or maybe just heard a conversation in passing.”

Police say this is an active investigation.

Detectives ask anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at (512) 974-TIPS, email homicide.apd@austintexas.gov, use the Crime Stoppers tip line at (512) 472-8477 or the Crime Stoppers app. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

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