Date: Monday, August 1st, 2022
Time: 11:03 p.m.
Location: 8500 block of Bradford Dr.
Deceased: Kenneth George Emery, Hispanic male, 9-26-56
Arrested: Cristo Jesus Rodriguez, Hispanic male, 24-years-old
On Monday, August 1st, 2022, at approximately 11:03 p.m., Austin Police Department (APD) officers responded to a disturbance in the 8500 block of Bradford Dr. The caller stated that Cristo Jesus Rodriguez hit his roommate and then left in a white Chevy Suburban. Officers arrived to find the victim, Kenneth George Emery, lying on the ground, badly beaten and unresponsive. Emery suffered significant injuries to his head, arms, and hands. Emery died at the scene.
The investigation revealed this started as a disturbance between two roommates, which escalated into Rodriguez severely beating Emery.
On Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022, an arrest warrant for 1st Degree Murder was issued for Rodriguez. Members of the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force/Marshal's Office arrested Rodriguez in the parking lot located in the 10500 block of N Mopac Expy.
Anyone with information or video of the incident should call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS; the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), use the new Crime Stoppers App or email APD Homicide at email@example.com. You may remain anonymous.
This case is being investigated as Austin's 44th homicide of 2022.