Police: Man kidnapped, robbed by 6 at South Austin gas station

Click here to view this article on the Statesman – February 17, 2017

Police say a man was briefly kidnapped last month while getting gas at a Texaco in South Austin, held at gunpoint and robbed by six people in their late teens and early twenties.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim was kidnapped and robbed the evening of Jan. 16. The victim told authorities he was traveling back to Austin from working in San Marcos and stopped at the Texaco at 1801 East Stassney Lane near Interstate 35 to get gas.

While he was filling up his truck, two white vehicles pulled up and blocked him from the front and back, the affidavit said. Six people then got out of the vehicles and surrounded the victim. One of the suspects, later identified by police as Marco Antonio Porcayo, 22, had a gun in his pocket and pointed it at the victim, the affidavit said.

The victim told police Porcayo forced him back into his truck and sat in the passenger seat; two other suspects then got into the back seat of the truck, the affidavit said. The rest returned to the two white vehicles and followed the truck as Porcayo instructed the victim to drive, the document said. During the drive, the victim said Porcayo threatened to kill him if he didn’t cooperate.

The victim was given directions to drive to a secluded part of Onion Creek Soccer Complex on East William Cannon Drive, according to the affidavit.

While at the soccer fields, the victim said he tried to escape by running away but was caught and punched in the stomach by one of the suspects, identified by police as 21-year-old Jesus Chamorro Sanchez.

The suspects stole several items from the victim’s car including his Samsung Galaxy cell phone, several tools, loose change and his wallet, which contained $24 in cash, police said. After the suspects were done, they released the victim and drove away in the two white vehicles.

Police say the victim called 911 for help around 5:50 p.m.

Police arrested Porcayo on Wednesday, charging him with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery. Porcayo’s bail was set at $500,000 and he is currently in the Travis County Jail.

Sanchez was also arrested Wednesday and charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, possession of marijuana and bail jumping/ failure to appear. His bail was set at $504,000 and he is currently in the Travis County Jail.

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