Mugging victim dies; Marble Falls police conduct capital murder investigation

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — The 70-year-old victim of a mugging in June died Aug. 1, upping the ante as investigators still look for leads in the case, officials said.

“We received notice yesterday afternoon (Aug. 1) that he had passed away,” Marble Falls Police Capt. Glenn Hanson said. “He had been making progress, but he took a turn for the worse the past several days.”

Officers are still looking for the suspect.

Early indications are the victim, identified as a Hispanic male, possibly died from pneumonia. But Hanson said if the man’s condition and death can be linked to the June 22 attack, it becomes a capital murder charge.

Two MFPD investigators were attending the autopsy at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office on Aug. 2.

On June 22, the victim left his Marble Falls residence to walk to a nearby store. When he returned home, he told family members a large man attacked him in the 1500 block of Avenue N. The victim told his relatives the suspect demanded his money and then struck him on the head.

When he returned home, the victim told relatives he didn’t want to report it to the police and then went to bed, police said at the time.

About 1 a.m. June 23, family members checked on the elderly man and found him unresponsive. They called 9-1-1. When paramedics heard what happened, they contacted the Marble Falls police.

Hanson said the victim was transported to St. David’s Hospital in Round Rock but was later transferred to a rehabilitation facility, where he was making progress.

The man died at the rehabilitation center, Hanson said.

“This has remained an open investigation,” Hanson said. “We’re redoubling our efforts to locate the person who did this.”

The process has been a bit slow because of the victim’s community, which might include undocumented individuals. Hanson said police have reached out to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, which has a large Hispanic membership, as well as others in the community.

The captain said he understands the wariness some people who might be undocumented have toward any people in authority, not just police, but urged them to pass along information on the attack, if they have any.

Some of the reluctance also could be because a person with information might fear retaliation from the attacker, Hanson said.

“Tell your priest, tell your pastor, tell a friend or just tell somebody you know and have them pass it on to us,” Hanson said. “It can even be something that sounds small to you, but we can take that and build on it. Even if you think it’s just gossip, tell us and let us check it out. If it’s gossip, we’ll find out and move on. But if it’s not, it could be the one thing that breaks this investigation open.”

Anybody with information on the attack should call Marble Falls Police at (830) 693-3611 or submit an anonymous tip through the department’s Facebook page or text it to 84741 (tip411). Anonymous tips also can be made by calling the Hill Country Area Crime Stoppers at 1-866-756-TIPS (8477).

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