AUSTIN (KXAN) – The man who Austin police say attacked the Mexican Consulate, the Federal courthouse and Austin Police Headquarters had been charged with robbery in 1992, but the charge was dismissed.
A Travis County grand jury thought there was enough evidence against Larry Steve McQuilliams in October of 1992 to charge him with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, according to Travis County records. However, the charge was dismissed the next month. Records available at this time do not say specifically why the charge was dismissed. A local newspaper article from 1992 says police suspected a “Stephen McQuilliams” of trying to rob an armored car in Austin on the same date as the aggravated robbery.
McQuilliams, who would have turned 50 next month, has lived in Big Spring, Austin and San Marcos along with several spots in Kansas.
His Facebook page, which neighbors confirmed belongs to the man whose apartment the police were searching, shows him showing off Sais skills in preparation of a renaissance fair.
Early Friday morning he changed his profile photo to the Hierophant tarot, which, according to Tarot readers may symbolize someone’s urge to join a particular group.
“I was just really sad because I knew Steve as a kind person,” said neighbor Katie Matlack.
Records show McQuilliams’ parents live in Wichita, Kansas. The people who where at that address did not want to speak with reporters. McQuilliams also has connections to a Wichita dance studio.
“He was a loyal volunteer. We’re shocked to learn of his involvement in the events that unfolded in Austin,” said a member of the studio.
Police Chief Art Acevedo says this isn’t McQuilliams first crime, but didn’t give details.
“That’s part of the ongoing investigation,” Chief Acevedo said Friday morning. “I can tell you that he does have a criminal history, but we’re not going to release any of that at this point.”
A criminal records check in Kansas shows a person matching the name and date of birth of McQuilliams as having a misdemeanor drug charge in 1988. However, Texas records did not show any major crimes.