LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Llano County Sheriff’s officials say home invasion suspect Edward Levi Adamson, 47, targeted an elderly couple Friday morning because he needed a car. Around 8:30 a.m, Adamson allegedly randomly targeted the home in the 700 block of Avon Street — officials say a matter of convenience. The home sits near the Llano River and is right behind the popular Cooper’s BBQ.
Authorities say they have talked with Adamson’s family and have leads on where he might be, but declined to say where they are looking.
Friends and family of the elderly couple were in and out of the home throughout the day, comforting the 87-year-old man who lives there.
The husband and his 84-year-old wife were the only two people home at the time of the break-in, and officials have launched an all-out, statewide search for Adamson, who they say knocked the woman unconscious and took her husband hostage in the Llano County home invasion. The husband was already awake — up and around the home — when he was attacked. The husband was found tied up in the house, and he was treated at the hospital in Llano and released. Emergency crews flew his wife to University Medical Center Brackenridge, where she is in fair condition.
Police say Llano County authorities are conducting a massive search for Adamson, who allegedly took off in the couple’s Jeep. The gray SUV is described as a Jeep 2014 Compass with Texas license plate CCZ-2353.
“We’re not safe anymore,” said Chuck Holmberg who lives across the street. “Twenty years ago I could leave my house wide open at night, leave my garage door open.”
Police first started looking for Adamson after he fled from officers who tried to stop him about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, along State Highway 29. He crashed a short time later into a residential garage at the intersection of West Ellis Street and Ames Avenue and ran from the scene. A woman riding with him, Brittany Trevino, was arrested at the scene for public intoxication.
The crash site was less than a block away from the home he broke into. A small group of officers searched for Adamson after the crash until about 1 a.m. Based on initial information, police say they did not feel it was necessary to call in extra help or ask the Department of Public Safety to fly their helicopter in to aid in the search. Additionally, police said no door-to-door searches were conducted in the area where the crash occurred.
Adamson is wanted for a parole violation and is also the suspect in several burglaries spanning Burnet, Gillespie, Kerr and Kimble counties. Police said multiple stolen items were recovered from the vehicle he crashed.
Adamson has a criminal record dating back to 1993 when he was first sentenced to prison. His convictions include organized criminal activity, burglary of a building with intent to commit theft, burglary of a motor vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
Llano County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy John Neff confirms they are working with Llano police on the investigation. Texas Rangers are also helping out.
As of Saturday morning, Austin police confirm they have received a few calls from people claiming to have seen Adamson. They were not able to elaborate about the investigation.