Proactive CCPD Officer leads to Arrest of Austin Homicide Suspect

On Monday, October 4, 2021, at 9:51 pm Senior Officer Manuel Hernandez was at 6800 South Padre Island Drive in the parking lot randomly running license plates to check for vehicles that may have been reported stolen. While running license plates the officer got information that one of the plates returned with an alert that vehicle had been involved in a homicide in Austin, Texas. The officer ran the name of 17-year-old Charles Walker and found that he had two active warrants for his arrest. The first warrant was a Homicide warrant out of Austin with a $150,000.00 bond and another for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon out of Bexar County with no bond.

The United States Marshal Gulf Coast Violent Offender & Fugitive Task Force were contacted, and they set up surveillance on the hotel room.  Marshalls observed Charles Walker attempt to get into his vehicle at which time he observed officers and began to flee on foot. Officers were able to quickly catch Charles Walker and placed him into custody. While speaking to Charles Walker he initially gave the officers a fictitious name. Charles Walker was charged with Evading on Foot, Fail to Identify as a Fugitive, the Homicide and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon warrants.

Additional officers contacted the other residents of the hotel room and found that both were in possession of others identifying information. 26-year-old Megan Turner and 23-year-old Trenton Hobdy were both charged with Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information. All three were transported to the City Detention Center for booking.