AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is in jail in connection with the death of man who was staying at a group home. According to Austin police, 62-year-old Ben Thompson Jr. was found unresponsive at a group home on Deen Avenue in North Austin on Monday evening.
Police arrested Ghamal Webb, 38, in connection to Thompson’s death. According to police, Webb and Thompson were both living at the group home but they had separate rooms.
Initial information indicates Webb and Thompson got into an argument which escalated when Thompson came into Webb’s room and started assaulting him. According to police, Webb was able to subdue Thompson by choking him.
“It’s a surprise to me, I just know he’s not a killer, he’s not that kind of dude,” said Michael Carter who met Webb 15 years ago. He said Webb is a DJ and they have worked together on shows.
“He’s a great guy, I just hope the best for him and I’m going to rally for him as much as I can,” said Carter, adding he has never witnessed his friend fight.
Austin Police said Webb and Thompson were placed in the home by Caritas of Austin, a nonprofit which helps people in need find affordable housing.
KXAN News reached out to the organization and they sent a statement saying, “To maintain client confidentiality in all situations, Caritas of Austin cannot ever disclose whether or not an individual was or is being served by us.”
Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.