TCSO asks undocumented immigrants for help solving crime

Travis County

TRAVIS COUNTY (KXAN) — From crime, to law enforcement integration, to immigration, a wide range of topics and issues were discussed at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Building Bridges Town Hall Meeting.

The meeting took place at the Lake Travis United Methodist Church in west Travis County. The root cause for the meeting stems from a crime that happened about a mile from the church on Aug.30, 2018.

According to Detective James Moore from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, a woman and her young daughter were assaulted inside their home on Platte Pass. The suspect is still out there, but deputies say the incident was isolated and the suspect is not a repeat offender.

However, neighbors expressed concerns about how word got out – or didn’t get out in this case – about the crime.

“We all agree this meeting should have happened long ago,” says Collete Knauss, one of the residents who attended the meeting.

The other issue deputies told the crowd was a concern of some residents who won’t come forward with information about the crime out of concerns for their own citizenship status.

“We are working together, we are trying to approach our community together and with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement communities to build this trust,” says Felix Herrera with the Mexican Consulate of Austin. “If they know that that person can cooperate but is afraid to cooperate, we can help to arrange a meeting in the consulate for an interview.”

A captain from the sheriff’s office told the crowd bluntly that deputies are not in the business of assisting in deporting anyone.

“We want our community to be confident, if they…. see a crime to report it,” said Herrera.

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