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Austin police locate remaining suspect in Lamar Blvd. homicide

Police said the incident happened near the McDonald's located at 9414 North Lamar Blvd., near Rundberg Lane.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department has located a remaining suspect in a North Austin homicide.

At approximately 7:24 p.m. on April 14, Austin 911 received a call about shots fired near the McDonald's located at 9414 North Lamar Blvd., near Rundberg Lane. When officers arrived on the scene, they saw a gray-colored sedan that appeared to have crashed into other vehicles that were parked in the parking lot.

Police found a male victim lying on the ground near the driver's door of the sedan, with an apparent gunshot wound. Austin Travis-County EMS was called to the scene and the victim – later identified as 18-year-old Kedarius Griffin – was pronounced dead at 7:36 p.m.

Homicide investigators and crime scene technicians arrived on the scene. Police said the preliminary investigation shows that three men were involved in a disturbance with Griffin and several shots were fired. The suspects then left the scene in a red sedan.

Police also said there was a pregnant woman, three juvenile passengers and a 2-year-old in Griffin's car at the time of the shooting, but none of them were injured.

Credit: Austin Police Department
Cornelius Cooks

On May 5, police said they have located 22-year-old Cornelius Cooks. Cooks was arrested by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force without incident on the 2900 block of West Anderson Lane. He has been charged with murder and was taken to the Travis County with a $300,000 bond.

On Friday, April 23, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force in Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrested Warren Mitchell III, 21, at a hotel in the 8200 block of E. Shelly Drive in Tulsa in connection with the homicide.

The U.S. Marshalls said an arrest warrant for murder for Mitchell was issued on April 22 in Austin. Investigators determined Mitchell had fled north of the Red River to Oklahoma.

He was transported and booked into the David Moss Detention Center in Tulsa where he will await a judicial proceeding and extradition, with bond set at $500,000.

This case remains under investigation. Police said a clear motive has not been determined.

The suspects were described as:

Suspect 1

  • Black male/dark complexion
  • Approximately 5 feet, 8 inches, to 5 feet, 9 inches tall
  • Thin
  • Short “twisty” dreadlocks to top of ears
  • Possibly a tattoo under right eye
  • Possibly goes by the nickname “Money”
  • Last seen wearing light-colored jeans with holes in the knee area, black tennis shoes, dark hoodie or pullover
  • May be driving a maroon/red Hyundai 4 door sedan bearing Texas license plate: NYY6685, with a dent on the passenger side.
Credit: APD

Suspect 2

  • Black male, lighter complexion, medium build
  • Possibly has a tattoo under his eye or on his forehead
  • Light brown eyes
  • Approximately 5 feet, 8 inches, to 5 feet, 9 inches tall
  • Low fade haircut/black hair
  • Last seen wearing white tennis shoes, light-colored pants/shorts, black underwear, light T-shirt with a design on the front
Credit: APD

Suspect 3

  • Black male, dark complexion
  • Thin
  • Low fade haircut
  • Last seen wearing a tight-fitting purple shirt, black tennis shoes, wooden beaded necklace
Credit: APD

Anyone with any information or video footage is asked to contact APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email homicide.apd@austintexas.gov or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 512-472-8477. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

APD said this is Austin's 23rd homicide of 2021.


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