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Austin police arrest suspect in Kramer Lane homicide

Police said the 18-year-old repeatedly struck the victim with a baseball bat.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department announced an arrest in a North Austin homicide that happened Wednesday afternoon.

APD said officers were called to the scene around 1:05 p.m. and found a man with blunt-force trauma to the head at an E Z Stop on Kramer Lane. The man, 40-year-old Josue Salazar, was pronounced dead on the scene.

According to a Thursday release, 18-year-old Jose Alberto Lopez-Mederos repeatedly hit Salazar with a baseball bat. He was arrested by the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force on Valerian Tea Drive on a warrant for first-degree murder. 

Police said it was initially believed to be an auto-pedestrian crash because witnesses saw a car flee the scene.

The incident is Austin's 47th homicide of the year.

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