The Austin Police Department (APD) has noted significant levels of dangerous and criminal activity in the parking lot located at 12625 N. IH-35 since the beginning of summer.
APD made 10 arrests from June 1 to September 9, 2020. During that time period, officers responded to 19 reports of shots fired, seized seven firearms, documented one auto theft, one robbery, and three instances of unlawful carry, among other crimes. These activities are occurring in conjunction with car-club gatherings. A quick online search yields hours of Snapchat, YouTube, and Facebook footage of the unlawful behavior taking place at these events. Most alarming is the presence of children and their close proximity to cars performing burnouts, the prevalence of illegal guns and drugs, the ongoing damage to private property like this and the fear these activities are creating for area residents and business owners.
Additional footage is available here and here.
In response to community concerns and the uptick in violence, APD conducted an operation on September 12, 2020, in partnership with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Round Rock Police Department and the Pflugerville Police Department. The goal of the operation was to interrupt the illegal activity associated with these car clubs that draw individuals from all over the state.
The planning for this initiative has been ongoing for weeks. The multi-jurisdictional team conducted extensive research to identify individuals engaging in criminal behavior in order to take them in to custody. We are working to compile arrest numbers and will provide those once they are available.