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Arrest made, victims identified in North Austin shooting

The shooting happened late Sunday night at the Ojos Locos off the North Interstate 35 southbound service road.

AUSTIN, Texas — A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a North Austin restaurant that left two men dead.

The Austin Police Department said on Sunday, Jan. 23, shortly after 10:30 p.m., 911 received a call where the caller reported that they had been shot while at the Ojos Locos restaurant located off the North Interstate 35 southbound service road. Police arrived at the scene and found two men lying in the parking lot who appeared to have been shot.

One of the victims, later identified as 28-year-old Heliodoro Arias Flores, was transported to a local hospital. The other victim, later identified as 26-year-old Juan Carlos Villatoro, was pronounced dead at the scene just before 11 p.m.

Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians responded to the scene and began to interview witnesses. As a result of their investigation, homicide investigators were able to identify 19-year-old Edgar Alejandro Barahona as a probable suspect.

Investigators were later alerted by officers at the hospital that Flores had also been pronounced dead at 3:50 a.m.

Investigators procured two arrest warrants on Barahona, charging him with two counts of murder. Barahona was located by the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force and arrested. 

Following an interview with investigators, Barahona was transported and booked into the Travis County Jail. He is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

On Monday, Jan. 24, the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy on both Villatoro and Flores and determined that their official causes of death were gunshot wounds and the manner homicide.

Anyone with information or video of this incident is asked to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email homicide.apd@austintexas.gov, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS) or use the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous and information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD.

These are Austin's seventh and eighth homicides of 2022, according to APD.

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