APD: 17 more individuals facing charges in February "street takeover" incidents, investigation continues

Joseph Chacon
Photo credit Austin Police Department

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- 17 more people have been charged with a series of street takeover events in February across the city, Austin Police officials said Thursday.

That brings the total number of people charged in the investigation to 24, which has been named "Operation Burnout."

Two of the 24 are juveniles; of the 17 individuals identified Thursday, 11 have been taken into custody.

Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon said investigators have now identified a total of seven takeover events. Chacon said the events took place as far south at the 488 block of U.S. Highway 290, and as far north as Howard Lane and Heatherwilde Boulevard.

“The suspects that I’m talking about today range in age from 32 years of age at the oldest down to 15 years of age at the youngest. These were principally the organizers of the event and those who are most involved,” said Chacon.

The additional 38 charges announced Thursday include seven counts of obstruction of a highway, nine counts of obstruction of a highway with reckless driving exhibition, seven counts of engaging in organized criminal activity, seven counts of deadly conduct, two counts of reckless driving
two counts of evading in a motor vehicle, one count of unlawful use of fireworks, one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, one count of unlawful possession of a firearm, and one count of theft of a firearm.

In addition to APD, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Travis County District Attorney's Office are also assisting with the investigation.

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