Travis County sheriff addresses recent uptick in Del Valle homicides

Clockwise from top left: Matthew Barber, David Scott Braswell, Jake Derr, Saloman Segura Perez, Martin Ybarra Molina, Brian Satterfield.
Clockwise from top left: Matthew Barber, David Scott Braswell, Jake Derr, Saloman Segura Perez, Martin Ybarra Molina, Brian Satterfield.

DEL VALLE, Texas (KXAN) — Wednesday evening, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office talked about two open investigations involving the homicides of six people in Del Valle. Deputies have increased their patrols in the area since March.

The bodies of four men were found after first responders were called to a house fire on Linden Road on Sept. 8, 2016. At the time, deputies said their investigation was leading to the possibility the buying and selling of narcotics was a key factor in the events that led to the house fire.

Just weeks later, on Sept. 27, the decomposed bodies of two men were found in a field on Pearce Lane, not far from the house fire scene on Linden Road.

“They’re going out, driving through the community, trying to be more visible in the community, trying to perform more crime prevention, try to people outside walking, working in the yard,” Captain Craig Smith said.

At the town hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Travis County ESD Fire Station 1, located at 9019 Elroy Rd. in Del Valle, deputies talked about crime prevention initiatives and patrol changes they’ve implemented, but will focus on answering questions from the public.

TCSO has investigated seven homicides so far this year in the county, compared to a total of 10 in 2016, four in 2015 and two in 2014. From January to the present, Del Valle had 89 narcotics incidents. That compares to 66 during the same time last year.

Commissioner Margaret Gomez, representing Travis Co. Precinct 4, is the featured speaker at the event.

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