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Update: The suspects in this matter have been identified by the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

The first apprehended is Gary Zuniga, 29, who officers apprehended on foot in a heavily wooded area off FM 150 near Springwood. His criminal history includes burglary, theft, fraud and drug charges.

The second apprehended is Justin Anthony Hernandez, 24. He was apprehended at approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday with the assistance of deputy Troy Mayes, K-9 deputy “Rocky” and the Hays County SWAT team. His criminal history includes assault, burglary, theft, fraud and drug charges.

Both subjects have been charged with aggravated robbery, evading arrest and felon in possession of a firearm. Both are being held at the Hays County Jail to await magistration.

Sheriff’s deputies recovered a weapon during the incident that had been stolen during a previously reported residential burglary. The investigation continues.


The Hays County Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Jordan issued this press release on an attempted aggravated robbery in a residential area west of Buda. The resulting manhunt resulted in a brief lockdown of Dripping Springs High School, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

From the Hays County Sheriff’s office:

On January 31, 2013, at approximately 9:16 am, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office was notified via a 911 call of an Aggravated Robbery in the 300 block of Mourning Dove Lane in Buda, Texas. The complainant stated that two Hispanic males had robbed him, and as they were leaving discharged a firearm at him.

The suspects fled in a vehicle, Hays County Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit, and the suspects abandoned the vehicle. A foot pursuit was initiated by officers. One subject was quickly apprehended. Officers began a manhunt for the second subject.

Officers with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office, San Marcos Police Department, Hays County Constables Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the manhunt.

At approximately 11 a.m. the second subject was apprehended. Both subjects were then transported to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office.

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