TX – Ray Hawkins, Jr., 29 of Jacksonville, Texas was arrested by the
Lone Star Fugitive Task Force this afternoon in South Austin without incident.
Hawkins was sought by Cherokee County authorities for his alleged involvement in
a series of armed robberies of local convenience stores in Jacksonville where
firearms were used in the commission of these robberies. Others involved in this
case have been convicted and sentenced.
Hawkins was due to appear before a Cherokee County District Court on August 8th
to enter a plea on the robbery cases. Hawkins did not appear as ordered and a
Failure to Appear warrant was subsequently issued. The US Marshals led Joint
East Texas Fugitive Task Force conducted a series of interviews and determined
that Hawkins had fled to Austin shortly after his scheduled hearing date.
The investigation transitioned to the Austin based task force, and officers
initiated surveillance at several locations purported to have ties with Hawkins.
Early yesterday, task force officers established surveillance in the 7300 block
of Rhett Place and observed a parked vehicle associated with Hawkins in East
Texas. Eventually, officers were able to identify Hawkins and as officers
approached, Hawkins attempted to flee through the back door and was quickly
apprehended by officers covering the rear.
Hawkins will remain in the Travis County Detention Center pending his
extradition to Cherokee County.
Robert R. Almonte, United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas
states, “The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force this afternoon removed a fugitive
from the streets of our community and hopefully prevented future potential crime
Members of the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in Austin –
- Austin Police Department-Criminal Apprehension Team
- Travis County Sheriff’s Office
- Texas Department of Criminal Justice OIG
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Attorney General’s Office
- Buda Police Department
- Cedar Park Police Department
- Kyle Police Department
- Leander Police Department
- San Marcos Police Department
- Williamson, Caldwell, Hays and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office
- Williamson County DA’s Office
- U.S. Marshals Service
information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at
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