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APD arrests suspect in northeast Austin 'road rage' incident from September

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department said Friday a homicide suspect connected with a road rage incident from mid-September was arrested.

Xzaver Griffin, 21, was arrested for first-degree murder over a Sept. 14 incident at the intersection of Rutherford Lane and Cameron Road that happened at the same time as a crash, police said. Griffin was booked into the Travis County Jail and bond is pending.

Police previously said the incident began when someone crashed into a pole, prompting several people to call 911 at around 9:19 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man, identified as 39-year-old Arlen Brandon Sanchez, with obvious signs of trauma. Sanchez died at a hospital at 10:08 a.m.

Police said a 911 caller reported a possible drive-by shooting at the intersection, saying a Cadillac was seen crashing into a utility pole after the shooting. Police confirmed the victim had a gunshot wound.

When investigators and crime scene technicians responded, witnesses said it appeared to be a "road rage" incident between the Cadillac and a dark gray, newer-model Audi, possibly an A-4. 

This was Austin's 61st homicide of 2021.


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