Austin police arrest four in downtown for gun and drug charges

ByShannon J. Cortes

Jan 31, 2022

AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) – Austin Police Department investigators arrested four people over the weekend after discovering illegal firearms and narcotics in the downtown area.

The suspects have been identified as Harvey Hemphill, 30; and Fidel Jaimes-Carachure, 17. Two minors not identified by the police are also in custody.

The arrests took place shortly before 3 a.m. on Sunday, January 30 at the Gulf Station at 717 East 7th Street.

Police said the arrests were made “as part of the department’s commitment to removing illegal weapons throughout the city, and with a particular downtown-centric focus.”

APD officers assigned to the downtown unit responded to a disturbance at the Gulf gas station and observed several suspects pull out firearms in the parking lot, police said. The nature of the disruption has not been disclosed.

The suspects were then seen getting into a black Nissan Altima and leaving the scene.

Police located the vehicle in the 600 block of the I-35 service road northbound in front of the Wendy’s.

Four male subjects, including three minors, were arrested for illegal possession of firearms, including an AK-47, and possession of narcotics, including methamphetamine and ecstasy.

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