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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY January 18 2003 J4 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 57 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents Officials believe child rape suspect in hiding BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Law enforcement officers have been unable for more than a week to find the 29 yearold Austin man indicted on nine felony counts involv ing the alleged sexual assault of a 14yearold Comal Coun ty girl Alex Gregory Zwarun was indicted Jan 8 by a Comal County grand jury on five charges of indecency with a child three counts of sexual assault and one count of attempt ed sexual assault District Judge Jack Robison set bail on Zwarun at million which was the third bail figure set on the suspect The day after his Dec 5 2002 arrest County Court ZWARUN atLaw Judge Brenda Chap man set bond at million On Dec 17 District Judge Charles Ramsay reduced the bail to at the request of Zwaruns mother and father who said they could not afford the higher bond Zwarun was freed the fol lowing day Comal County Sheriffs detective Sgt Tommy Ward said he contacted Zwaruns attorneys the day after the grand jury returned the indictment but Zwarun had not been surrendered as of late Friday Sheriffs Sgt Max Worn mack commander of the War rants Division said he con tacted the attorneys Tuesday but Zwarun still hadnt sur rendered and Travis Coun ty law enforcement officers have been unable to find him Tve been in touch with his attorney and the constables office up Wommack said Friday afternoon Theyre actively pursuing it but hes in hiding someplace The constables office is work ing real hard on Ward said his detectives would open a search for Zwarun if need be Eight of Zwaruns indicted allegations are seconddegree felonies punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to for each count The attempted sexual assault charge is a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in state prison and a fine Detectives arrested Zwarun in his Volkswagen in the parking lot of Smithson Valley Middle School as he prepared to leave with a 14 yearold Comal County girl He was originally booked only on two charges sexu al assault of a child and attempted sexual assault of a child Detectives believe Zwarun built a relationship with his victim over about a year beginning when she was 13 years old Man suspected in convenience store robberies arrested CARRIKER BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The man sheriffs deputies believe is responsible for a string of local conve nience store burglaries was arrested Thursday and is being held in the Comal County Jail The San Antonio Police Department arrested Chad Wayne Carriker 24 of Canyon Lake and San Antonio at his San Antonio apartment on a pair of Comal County misde meanor traffic warrants Carriker was taken to the FBI office in San Antonio where Comal County Sheriffs detectives Capt Dennis Koepp and Sgt Tommy Ward picked him up and returned him to New Braunfels The warrants are for failing to signal a turn and driving 94 mph in a 65 mph zone But Carriker who has pre vious criminal convictions is being held without bail on a parole violation warrant Ward said local investiga tors believed the four conve nience store robberies which occurred between Oct 12 2002 and Nov in New Braunfels Sattler and Schertz were connected Based on the way the rob beries were carried out we believe it was the same indi vidual who committed all of Ward said The descriptions of the sus pect the handgun used and the clothes worn in each of the robberies were similar as well Ward said On Jan 9 a witness to a Robberies The series of local conve nience store robberies authori ties are investigating occurred Saturday Oct Pit Stop Loop 337 and River Road New Braunfels just after 9 Friday Oct 18 2002 Sac N Pac FM 2673 and River Road Sattler just after 8 Wednesday Oct 23 2002 Quix Convenience Store FM 1103 and Interstate 35 In Sphertz around 9 Stop Walnut Avenue near Albertsons New Braunfels around 8 Castroville bank robbery fol lowed the suspect to a San Antonio apartment complex where the alleged suspect reportedly escaped leaving his car The owner of that vehicle came back with ties to the Canyon Lake Ward said Detectives believe Carriker was driving it We suspect he was involved in committing the armed rob beries in Comal County and were looking into him as the suspect in those Ward said The Department of Public Safety Crime Lab is examin ing evidence recovered in the Oct 23 2002 robbery of a Quix convenience store on FM 1103 at northbound Interstate 35 in Schertz In that robbery the suspect allegedly discarded a darkcol ored pullover shirt and a dark colored pair of gloves Officials also believed the driver damaged his car dur ing the escape in that incident Ward said Peach Street home burns K JESSIE New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter leaves a home in the 200 block of South Peach Avenue Friday after noon A fire believed caused by a candle caused in damage and left the family of Regina Martinez homeless Head of river cleanup says work progressing BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The final cleanup of flood debris in the Guadalupe River is under way Lee Wiederhold of the Feder al Natural Resource Conserva tion Service briefed Comal County commissioners on the progress of the work at court Thursday Four crews are now working various reaches of the river after what initially was a slow start to the program The NRCS is the same agency that oversaw the cleanup in the wake of the Octo ber 1998 flood and Wiederhold also oversaw that project On this job he said the con tractor got off to a slower start but the project is picking up momentum Weve been working primar ily from the lake to the first FM 306 he said Last week the contractor started another crew from the second FM 306 crossing and about halfway down from that yes terday he started a crew down stream from the first A fourth crew is working between the second and third See Workers load brush and debris onto a barge in the Guadalupe River at Horseshoe Falls Estates area Friday K JESSIE Zeitung Bar owner arrested in connection with felony drug evasion charges K JESSIE New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack right officer Chris Peltier and officer Heath Purvis from left prepare to search the Ortiz Rec Center for drugs Friday afternoon BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Police arrested a New Braunfels bar owner on drug charges Friday after he was pursued for an expired inspec tion sticker Paul Ortiz 45 was arrested shortly after 1 behind the Ortiz Rec Center formerly the Black Cat Bar which is the bar he owns in the 200 block of West San Antonio Street A county jail official said he was booked on charges of fail ing to maintain financial responsibility evading arrest with a vehicle and possession of between four ounces and five pounds of marijuana The marijuana and evading arrest allegations are state jail felonies punishable by a fine of up to and up to two years in a state jail The other charge for allegedly not hav ing insurance on the truck is a misdemeanor An undisclosed amount of cash found in a plastic bag in Ortizs truck was confiscated New Braunfels police Lt John Wommack and officer John Sullivan were on patrol in the 300 block of South Seguin Avenue just after 1 when they passed Ortiz who was driving his 1994 Chevrolet pickup Wommack noticed that the inspection sticker on the truck was expired and he turned around to stop Ortiz who turned left on Coll Street and then right on Castell Avenue accelerating as he went according to Sullivan He had punched Sulli van said By the time we got onto Castell from Coll lie was making the turn into the alley behind the Wommack said he then ran up to the back door and tossed a package into the building The officers then took him into custody Officers of the Comal Coun ty Metropolitan Drug Task Force and Comal County Sheriffs deputies assisted searching the Ortiz bar which was closed Friday afternoon No bail had been set on Ortiz Friday night He will go before a judge today at the jail INSIDE Key Code 76 a
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