Austin police investigate death of bar security guard

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Police are searching for two people in a black Nissan who may be connected to the death of a security officer outside of a Southeast Austin bar Sunday morning.

Officers responded to El Agazajo Bar & Grill at 2408 U.S. 183, near ABIA, at about 12:20 a.m. They found a Hispanic man in the parking lot with traumatic injuries. Police declined to provide details on what caused the man’s injuries due to their ongoing investigation.

Paramedics transported the victim to University Medical Center Brackenridge where he died about an hour later. The man, who was in his 20s, worked security for El Agazajo, according to officers.

Homicide detectives are searching for the driver and front seat passenger of a four-door, black Nissan they believe was involved in this incident. Witnesses describe the driver and passenger as Hispanic men.

Monica Gault, who says she is the victim’s mother, identified the victim as 28-year-old Richard Escalante. She says she’s still struggling with the news.

“I have not been able to sleep,” she said. “You know that’s my first born and it hurts.  It hurts to see him leave like that.  Until now I still can’t believe he’s gone.”

Escalante’s mother believes the killers knew her son. APD has not yet said whether the homicide was a personal, isolated, incident, or whether something just got out of hand at the bar.

Detectives interviewed witnesses overnight, but made no arrests. They continue to investigate. Authorities ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the APD Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS. You can also text “Tip 103” along with your message to CRIMES. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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