Police: Man allegedly burglarized Torchy's Tacos

AUSTIN - Days after he was released from prison for a burglary charge, a man allegedly broke into the Torchy's Tacos on South First Street July 14, according to an affidavit obtained by KVUE Friday.

When officers first arrived after responding to the burglary alarm, the restaurant's glass door was found shattered, according to the affidavit. Officers said they saw movement in the restaurant's office and then saw a person running away and jumping over a fence.

Joey Rangel Ramirez, 32, was found bloodied near the Torchy's, apparently from the door's broken glass, His shirt was torn, and police later found a piece of the shirt's fabric on the fence that someone had jumped from. Police also believe they identified Ramirez as the man seen in the restaurant's surveillance video.

Police did not say whether anything was taken from the restaurant.

Ramirez has denied involvement in the burglary and said he sustained the injuries while running from police.

According to KVUE's news partners at the Austin American-Statesman, he was originally charged on July 14, but the charge was dismissed because of an insufficient arrest affidavit, the Travis County district clerk’s office said. The burglary charge was refiled on Friday.

According to Travis County Jail's online records, Ramirez is not in custody as of Friday afternoon.


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