Good Samaritan becomes victim of crime


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist CHRIS SHADROCK

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Posted on February 24, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 25 at 12:22 PM

AUSTIN -- A good Samaritan says he had no idea he would wind up becoming a victim of crime the morning he tried to help a woman and her baby.

Austin police say on Jan. 29 at 5:30 a.m., April Gosser knocked on a door in the 7400 block of Gunnison Pass in central east Austin.

Homeowner Willie Wesson came to the door and saw Gosser on his surveillance cameras holding a baby.

When he opened the door, Gosser told Wesson that she had run out of gas and that no one else in the neighborhood would answer their door to help.

Wesson got dressed and drove to a nearby Chevron gas station with Gosser following in her car. Wesson says Gosser was driving very slowly.

When Wesson and the Gosser got back to his home he saw two men burglarizing his place. One of them says Wesson was handing his belongings over the fence to the other.

Police say when 31-year-old Andtwan Jones saw Wesson returning, he drew a pistol and told the Army veteran to get on the ground. Wesson refused.

“When I walked up in the yard, he jumped from one side of the house with a pistol and told me to get on the ground,” said Wesson, who said he instead started running towards Jones. Wesson said Jones then ran away.

Austin police later determined that Gosser and Jones are a couple.

After Jones took off running, a 14-year-old second burglar remained inside of the house until Wesson opened the front door.

Wesson said this is the second time he has been broken into in about a year’s time.

He installed half a dozen security cameras around his home, and it's images from those cameras that helped lead to Jones' arrest.

KVUE reached out to an Austin police spokesperson regarding the status of Gosser and the 14-year-old, but the spokesperson had not responded as of Tuesday night.

APD is charging Jones with retaliation, a third degree felony, after he allegedly threatened to shoot a woman and her family.