Deceased: Ebony Michelle Sheppard, Black female, (D.O.B. 6-9-87)
Arrested: Xavier Lewis, Black male, aged 19
The Austin Police Department Investigations Division has arrested Xavier Lewis, aged 19, for the murder of Ebony Michelle Sheppard.
Through their investigation, Homicide and Robbery Detectives linked Xavier Lewis as the suspect in several aggravated robberies that occurred Christmas Day and as the suspect in the December 26, 2017 homicide.
The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force took Lewis into custody on December 28, 2017 in Pflugerville without incident. He was booked into the Travis County Jail on five counts of aggravated robbery with a $100,000 bond on each and one count of capital murder. A bond has not yet been set for that charge.
On Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at approximately 11:44 p.m., Austin police responded to a 911 call stating that someone had been shot in the parking lot of the Travis Station Apartments located at 6600 Ed Bluestein Blvd. When officers arrived, they observed Ebony Sheppard with obvious trauma to her body. Austin-Travis County EMS arrived shortly afterwards and transported Sheppard to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. Ebony Sheppard succumbed to her injury and was pronounced deceased at 12:33 a.m.
On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, the Travis County Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on Sheppard. The cause of death was determined to be from a gunshot wound. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Witnesses at the complex were interviewed and advised a possible suspect wearing a dark-colored hoodie was seen running from the scene and fleeing at a high rate of speed in a white sedan from the complex.
Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" + your message to CRIMES or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.
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