Austin Kidnapping Leads to Fatal Shooting

By Peek & Toland on January 1, 2018

Aggravated kidnapping is one of the most serious offenses you can be charged with in Texas. Earlier this year, police said an Austin kidnapping began in a parking lot and ended in the death of a man.

A report in The Statesman noted a man who allegedly kidnapped a woman in Central Austin at H-E-B at Burnet Road and Allandale Road, was later found dead from gunshot wounds close to the southern bank of Lake Austin.

The woman was seriously injured in the incident, according to media reports.

The pair were believed to be in their 20s and they knew each other, officials said.

Austin kidnapping led to death

Austin kidnapping led to fatal shooting

The Statesman report said the man dragged the woman into his vehicle at the parking lot. He then drove away. Police said they believed the man shot the woman while the pair was still in Austin.

About an hour after the Austin kidnapping at 2:40 p.m., the woman called 911. She said the man shot her and then shot himself, Travis County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kristen Dark said.

Deputies located the man and the woman in the 4400 block of Aqua Verde Drive. A neighbor performed CPR on the man, who had been pulled from his car.  Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services and deputies took over the CPR, but were not able to save the man’s life.

Aggravated kidnapping is a very serious offense in Texas and elsewhere. It covers a range of scenarios, from a stranger taking a child off the street to partners abducting each other or an estranged parent snatching their child to deny the other parent custody.

Kidnappings may seek to extort a ransom, although these cases are rare. However, an abductee is often subjected to violence.

Under the Texas Penal Code kidnapping is committed if a person intentionally or knowingly abducts another person. The victim is restrained without their consent or moved from one place to another and confined with the intent to prevent their liberation. Kidnapping is a second-degree felony.

Aggravated kidnapping in Texas is a first-degree felony. A perpetrator commits this offense if he or she intentionally or knowingly abducts another person and uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the kidnapping.

If you have been charged with this serious offense, please call our experienced Austin criminal defense team at (512) 474-4445.

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Spate of Highway Kidnappings in Northern Mexico Sparks Calls for U.S. Security Review

By Peek & Toland on July 25, 2016

The often-volatile border between the United States and Mexico presents massive challenges to law enforcement. Recently kidnappings of Americans in northern Mexico have made headlines and worried the authorities.

The recent kidnapping of a couple from Dallas in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas has illustrated the vulnerabilities and the security challenge in the border zone.

The Dallas Morning News reported on how all Mexican border states are under security advisories from the U.S. government. The highest levels of warning concern the states of Tamaulipas and Coahuila.

Kidnappings have surged in parts of northern Mexico

On April 15, the U.S State Department updated its warning about travel to Mexico.

It stated:

“U.S. citizens have been the victims of violent crimes, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery by organized criminal groups in various Mexican states.”

Kidnappings Surge in Tamaulipas

The family from the Dallas area was kidnapped in April en route to a funeral in the state of San Luis Potosí in Mexico. They became the victims of a highway assault that led to almost three weeks in captivity three hours from the Texas border, near the Tamaulipas capital of Ciudad Victoria.

The incident raised concerns about kidnappings in Tamaulipas, a state whose security situation has “deteriorated horribly” according to U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, who is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Last year Breitbart Texas reported on how a drug cartel in Tamaulipas was seeking Americans for kidnapping to obtain ransom money.

The article pointed out that the Gulf Cartel has started to “target innocent people as a way to make quick money.”

Some of the victims did not survive their kidnapping ordeal.

There have even been instances of Mexican cartels crossing the U.S. border to carry out kidnappings.

In 2011, CNS News spoke to Sheriff Tomas Herrera of Maverick County, who said he did not agree with the assessment of the Department of Homeland Security that security at the U.S-Mexico border was improving.

He said he did not believe a single mile of the 85-mile stretch of border between the U.S. and Mexico in Maverick County, was secure and members of the Mexican drug cartels were making incursions into the United States to kidnap teenagers for their smuggling operations.

Serious crimes committed in the areas around the southern border are investigated by the FBI. They include human smuggling, drug trafficking, kidnap, murder, and corruption.

The FBI points out cash and weapons are flowing south on the 2,000-mile border and drugs are flowing north.

If you are charged with serious crimes such as kidnapping or human smuggling, you are likely to be facing a long jail sentence. Our Austin criminal defense attorneys can help you to fight these charges. Call us as soon as possible at (512) 474-4445.

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