Suspect Arrested In Connection With Death Of Matthew Augustadt (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Monday, March 17, 2014, 12:42 (1949 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – As reported by local media, the Abilene Police Department (APD) held a news conference on March 13, 2014, seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest that were present when Matthew S. Augustadt, now deceased, was injured at his residence in the 3100 block of South 23rd Street. As reported, Mr. Augustadt died at a local hospital on March 12th from sustained trauma that is now characterized as a criminal homicide.

Since then, both persons of interest at the crime scene have been identified. One of these persons was identified as Alan B. Deax (DOB: 05/16/76). Based on information gleaned from the investigation, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division sought and obtained an arrest warrant which was executed on March 15, 2014. Detectives learned that Deax had left Abilene and was working on an oil rig near Big Lake, Reagan County, Texas, some 70 miles west of San Angelo. A group of detectives and tactical unit officers from APD drove to Big Lake and contacted the Reagan County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

Investigators confirmed that the rig site was located approximately 13 miles northwest of Big Lake. Accompanied by Reagan County Sheriff Deputies; a Texas Game Warden; and a Department of Public Safety Trooper; APD personnel secured the rig facility and located Deax in the early afternoon hours of March 15th. Deax was taken into custody without incident and taken before a Reagan County Magistrate. Deax was arrested for 1st-degree felony Murder. His bond was set at $250,000 and he was extradited back to Taylor County for questioning. The investigation revealed that Deax and Augustadt had been involved in a physical altercation on the evening of March 10th that led to Augustadt’s injuries during the assault.

APD is still awaiting final autopsy results from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office.

This case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for their consideration of charges.

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