Dennis Andrew Nefedov.
By ANDY SEVILLA
In the wake of the latest arrest for a San Marcos home invasion, San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams said a recent wave of headline violence does not characterize the frequency of violent crime within the city limits.
Following an Oct. 21 home invasion on Oscar Smith Drive, the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) recently charged 21-year-old Dennis Andrew Nefedov with burglary of habituation with intent to commit another felony. The incident was the fourth home invasion involving gunshots to occur in San Marcos in less than two months. A total of three people have died in these conflicts. Before an Aug. 26 homicide that began the run of crimes, there hadn’t been a homicide in San Marcos since January 2008.
“This is very un-San Marcos,” said San Marcos Police Chief Howard Williams. “This is not what we do in San Marcos. I’m at a loss to explain why suddenly we’re having all these rashes of home invasions.”
Responding to a recent Newstreamz editorial claiming that “violent crime is famously increasing in San Marcos,” Williams noted that the trend for 2009 indicated 2.5 violent crimes per 1,000 residents in San Marcos, which would actually represent a decrease from 3.1 per 1,000 in 2008. Citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Report, Williams said the violent crime rate in San Marcos has dropped through the years since reaching 4.1 per 1,000 residents in 2002.
“Everybody in San Marcos can rest assured we got it covered,” Williams said. “It’s not like you can come to San Marcos, make a crime and go home and think we’re not going to get you … Despite the headlines for the past few weeks, San Marcos is still a very safe place to live. We have some of the lowest crime rates around … The average law-abiding citizen would not have been targeted in the latest home invasions.”
Williams said the recent rash of home invasions provide no evidence that they are linked together, though, he said, drugs is the common denominator in the intrusions.
“These are not random acts,” Williams said. “(The perpetrators) knew exactly what they were going for. We’re convinced these are not just random acts people are committing.”
Police arrested Nefedov for the home invasion in the 700 block of Oscar Smith Drive after he was released from University Medical Center at Brackenridge in Austin, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds sustained during the unlawful entry.
Police said three residents were inside the home when Nefedov forced entry while armed with a BB gun resembling a real pistol on Oct.21 at around 9:50 p.m. One of the residents in the home fired numerous shots from a handgun, striking Nefedov several times before Nefedov fled away on foot. Shortly after the incident, Nefedov made his way to Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), where he received primary treatment for gunshot wounds before being transported to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin.
If guilty, Nefedov faces five to 99 years or life in prison. Nefedov is in custody at Hays County Jail on a $10,000 bond. Williams said the matter remains under investigation by the SMPD and the Hays County District Attorney.
Williams said Nefedov sustained three gunshot wounds, one in his hand, one in his cheek, and another in his abdomen, where a bullet was lodged. Williams did not release any names of the residents in the home, citing an on-going investigation, though he said they were two males and one female, all in their early twenties.
On Oct. 20, just the night before the invasion on Oscar Smith Drive, an overnight home invasion resulted in one man being shot and wounded at around 11:40 p.m. at the University Heights Apartment complex. Two San Antonio men, Michael Wilson, 23, and Justin Pickaree, 19, were arrested. Seven people were in the apartment at the time, including two residents and five visitors.
On Sept. 4, four teenagers from Luling broke into a home at 926 Chestnut Street, where three of the suspects were shot. Two of the teenagers died. The fourth suspect, Frank Castro, 17, was arrested and later told police he and the other teens broke into the home in an attempt to steal marijuana from a man Castro identified as “Harry Potter.” In an affidavit, Castro said “Harry Potter” was known for selling large quantities of “dro,” a higher and more expensive grade of marijuana, out of the home.
The teenagers armed with two pellet guns and a Ruger pistol gained entry into the home through an unlocked kitchen door. A resident in the home shot three invaders with a 40-caliber Glock. One intruder was pronounced dead at the scene, and another later died at CTMC. The third invader has since been released from Brackenridge Hospital. Williams said the teen is going through the juvenile justice system.
The two homicides on Chestnut Street were the second and third homicides to occur in San Marcos in 2009. The first homicide of the year happened on Aug. 26 at the Kelsea Place Apartments on 518 Linda Drive. Later that day, San Marcos police arrested 21-year-old Quenten Rashad Taylor of San Marcos and 20-year-old Zackhary Allen James of Luling in the murder of Byron Burse, 30, of San Marcos.Email | Print