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Suspect wanted in connection with torturing of ex-girlfriend, machete attack

Authorities searching for Carlos Mejia, 22, who abandoned car in Bexar County

Travis County Sheriff's Office
Travis County Sheriff's Office

AUSTIN – A manhunt is underway for a 22-year-old man who authorities said assaulted, tortured and bound his ex-girlfriend and used a machete to attack two other people in a mobile home in Austin. 

After attacking the three victims, Carlos Mejia fled to Bexar County, where his vehicle was later found abandoned, according to the Travis County Sheriff's Office. 

According to TCSO, authorities received a report at 10:13 p.m. Thursday from a female caller who claimed her boyfriend had been stabbed with a machete and that they both had been attacked by Mejia in the Dessau Mobile Home Park. 

When deputies arrived at the 500 block of East Howard Lane in Austin, they found the 911 caller’s cousin inside the mobile home. Investigators said the victim was “bound, assaulted and tortured” by her ex-boyfriend, Mejia.

The cousin, who is also the victim's roommate, told investigators she had just arrived home with her boyfriend when Mejia attacked both of them with a machete, according to TCSO.

According to the Sheriff's Office, that’s when the cousin called 911 as she and her boyfriend fled their attacker, Mejia. 

The cousin and her boyfriend sustained serious laceration injuries, and all three victims were transported to an area hospital for medical treatment. 

TCSO said a warrant has been issued for Mejia’s arrest and he is actively being pursued by the U.S. Marshals Service's Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

Mejia (pictured) may be in the San Antonio area and TCSO requests anyone who has information regarding his whereabouts to call authorities immediately.

Tipsters can call the Travis County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 512-854-1444 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-8477.


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