Illegal gambling investigation leads authorities to home in Hutto

Warrant search at a home on Augusta Bend in Hutto on June 26, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)
Warrant search at a home on Augusta Bend in Hutto on June 26, 2017. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Austin police SWAT members along with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office served a felony warrant Monday morning leading to a brief standoff with a barricaded subject.

Several people in the Star Ranch neighborhood in the 1200 block Augusta Bend Drive reached out to KXAN about the activity they said had been happening since around 7:30 a.m. Residents reported hearing several loud bangs during the commotion.

Authorities said the incident happened as part of a six month organized crime investigation into illegal gambling and the laundering of large amounts of money. There are other locations where warrants are being served, but authorities did not say where they are.

“Gambling in itself seems somewhat innocuous to some folks,” said Austin police organized crime Lieutenant Robert Richman. “This isn’t your normal poker room in the back room, I will assure you of that.”

Authorities said violent crimes are not being investigated in connection to the gambling crimes.

A KXAN crew at the scene says as of 10 a.m., all the SWAT crews have left and authorities are just searching the home and vehicles involved.

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