APD ‘Top Offender' arrested after Crime Stoppers tip

AUSTIN - A man considered a “top offender” by the Austin Police Department was arrested Friday after someone reported a tip through Crime Stoppers, court documents state.

Francisco Villagomez, 36, was wanted by police and believed to be “the leader of a criminal organization that has caused a major spike in crime in the South Austin area,” according to his arrest affidavit. Villagomez also had two outstanding warrants for felony evading in a motor vehicle and felony unauthorized use of a motor vehicle from a July incident.

After receiving a tip as to his whereabouts, police responded to the area where Villagomez was observed and officers located him in a black pickup truck. Police conducted surveillance until he stopped at the Phillips 66 store along U.S. 290 in southwest Austin, at which time police conducted “a low speed intervention maneuver.” Police approached Villagomez’s truck from the front and behind, and the affidavit said he “attempted to reverse and forcefully struck the police vehicle behind him.”

Officers approached his truck and tried to get him out of the vehicle, and Villagomez allegedly tried to use the truck and push the police vehicles out of the way and escape. Police said they had to use three taser cartridges on Villagomez before he was struck and officers were able to get him out of the vehicle.

Villagomez’s passenger, Sharee Bone, 24, was also arrested after a revolver, Black Bear Creek Arsenal AR-15 (ArmaLite Rifle, design 15), Nickel Cobray double barrel pistol and a .22 caliber bolt action rifle were found in the truck. The affidavit states both Villagomez and Bone are convicted felons, and that police also located 0.159 grams of what was later determined to be methamphetamine in the vehicle.

The affidavit states Villagomez has been charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, felony resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and felony possession of a controlled substance. Online records at the Travis County Jail state Villagomez is being held on combined $240,000 bond on the new charges, but he is being held without bond in connection to one of the outstanding warrants. Bone is being held on charges of unlawful possession firearm by felon and possession of a controlled substance. Her combined bond is set at $17,000. Booking photos of Villagomez and Bone were not available as of Monday afternoon.

(© 2016 KVUE)


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