Four young people were recently arrested in San Marcos and charged with firearm theft, burglary and organized crime.
Michael Johnson, 17, of Wimberley; Christopher Farris, 17, of Wimberley; Jonathan Bradley Doherty, 18, of San Marcos; and Augustine Sosa, 17, of Driftwood were arrested at about 5:30 a.m. Feb. 4, shortly after their black 2008 Pontiac Vibe collided with an empty, parked vehicle in the 100 block of West Avenue.
The officer dispatched to handle a report of the collision found a stolen firearm and a large amount of electronic items in the car’s cabin. The Vibe, the four suspects, and the items in the car were linked to vehicular burglaries in Austin.
“The firearm had previously been reported stolen, so that was already in the computer,” said SMPD Sergeant Dave Waugh. “One of the arrestees stated that they had burglarized several motor vehicles in the South Austin area near Slaughter Lane. They stated they burglarized approximately 10 motor vehicles.”
Police charged each suspect with Theft of a Firearm, Burglary of a Vehicle, and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity. Each suspect received one count of each charge. Juvenile courts only have jurisdiction over conduct that occurred when a person was at least 10 but not yet 17 years of age.
Theft of a Firearm is a state jail felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for no more than two years or less than 180 days. Additionally, the offense may be punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Burglary of a Vehicle is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year, or both.
Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity is the commission of a variety of crimes (specified in state law) “with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination or as a member of a criminal street gang,” in the language of the Texas Penal Code. Because this offense is associated with the Theft of a Firearm charge, it is a state jail felony punishable by confinement in a state jail for no more than two years or less than 180 days. Additionally, the offense may be punishable by a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Correction: This report has been edited to say the organized crime charges are state jail felonies. The report erroneously said the charges are third degree felonies.Email | Print