Police arrested person who allegedly ran illegal group home

AUSTIN -- The woman who allegedly illegally ran a group home in East Austin was arrested for interfering with an officer's duties Friday.

Emergency crews responded to the group home after a check welfare call Friday afternoon and found 22 adults there did not have air conditioning.

Authorities said they found the people inside a single-family home along the 1800 block of Wildrose Drive without air conditioning. The home is 1,400 square feet, according to KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman.

Cecilia Cavuto, spokeswoman for the Department of Aging and Disability Services, told the Statesman it believes the home is operated by a woman who is barred from operating assisted-living facilities in Texas.

Cavuto told the Statesman Renee Segura-Owens was operating a facility in Belton with no food and poor living conditions. The facility was shut down last week and DADS officials followed up on Friday to find the facility in Belton empty.

Austin police said one employee was arrested for interfering with an officer's duties Friday evening. On Saturday, APD identified that employee as Segura-Owens.

According to Austin-Travis County EMS, seven people have been transported from the home and one left with family as of 7:45 p.m.

CapMetro has sent a bus to assist EMS and police. Agencies are working to find suitable accommodations for the other people still in the home.


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