The U.S. Marshals Service did not arrest anyone immediately after the Wednesday manhunt in South Taylor for a fugitive on the run for assaulting a public servant.
One individual was detained, but the suspect was not in custody by 4 p.m. after the search ended, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Service. It remained unclear if the individual detained by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office was the one law enforcement spent the day attempting to apprehend.
According to the U.S. Marshals Service, the search began after the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office attempted to arrest Javier Becerra-Avila around 7 a.m. Wednesday in the Taylor area. The subject evaded arrest and fled on foot. United States Marshals from the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force responded to assist Williamson County in their search for the subject at that time.
Becerra-Avila, a 35-year-old Hispanic male, was wanted for assault against a public servant and resisting arrest in Palmview, Texas stemming from a May 12, 2012 incident. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with angel wings on the back and blue jeans. The suspect has short hair and a short beard.
The Marshals Service said the public is encouraged to text LONESTAR plus their tip to 847411 or call 512-916-5393 with information on the subject’s whereabouts.
An official with the sheriff’s department said the individual detained did not speak English and his identity could not be confirmed. The individual was turned over to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.
The search involving the U.S. Marshals Service, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety officers began early in the morning Wednesday in the area around East Rio Grande Street in South Taylor. A helicopter circled the area through mid-morning, and into the afternoon, as many as 10 officers could be seen searching Taylor streets on foot with a K-9 unit.
The Sheriff's Department command center on Highway 95 in front of Wright Distributing was closed down at about 3 p.m. The Williamson County Pct. 4 Constables office and Taylor Police Department also assisted.
Posted: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 1:23 pm
Law enforcement officials have confirmed that a manhunt is ongoing in South Taylor. A search involving the U.S. Marshals Service, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Public Safety officers was still going at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday in the area around East Rio Grande Street in South Taylor. Through mid morning a helicopter had been circling the area. The manhunt is believed to have begun when the Marshals Office attempted to serve a felony warrant and the individual fled on foot. There is no confirmation yet regarding the identity of the individual being sought or where the warrant was being served. The Williamson County Pct. 4 Constables office and Taylor Police Department was also assisting.