Governor’s Office offers additional reward for rock throwing info

Damage to Marcus Shade's vehicle in an I-35 rock throwing Courtesy: Marcus Shade)
Damage to Marcus Shade's vehicle in an I-35 rock throwing on Saturday, May 21, 2016. (Courtesy: Marcus Shade)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Governor Greg Abbott’s Office is offering up to an additional $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the I-35 rock thrower.

The Office of the Governor, in conjunction with the Capital Area Crime Stoppers, announced the reward Friday afternoon.

The reward will be in addition to the $10,000 being offered by the Austin Police Department, with the help of the Greater Austin Crime Commission.

APD announced this week they had received an additional 13 rock throwing incidents last weekend. Since June 2014 they have investigated 70 rock-throwing cases. Police said in February, they believe the rocks are being thrown from cars on I-35. Initially, they said the rocks were most likely being thrown from the I-35 overpasses.

“Somebody out there knows something and before somebody dies, they need to come forward they have a moral obligation to do so and I hope they’re come forward,” Chief Acevedo says.

To be eligible for the cash reward, all tips must be submitted through Capital Area Crime Stoppers using one of the following methods:
• Call the Capital Area Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-893-8477
• Text “tip103 + your message” to 274637
• Submit a web tip through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers webpage at http://www.austincrimestoppers.org.

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