Man in 20s killed in possible accidental shooting near Medical Center
SAN ANTONIO – A man in his 20s was killed in a shooting Monday afternoon at an apartment complex in the Medical Center area, police said. When officers arrived, they found the victim dead with a gunshot wound to his torso, Pruneda said. She said that a man in his 20s is considered a person of interest and is in custody, although it appears that the shooting may have been accidental. That man was in the apartment when the shooting happened and is being very cooperative with officers, Pruneda said. The victim and the person of interest were playing a video game when the shooting occurred, although what exactly happened is still under investigation, Pruneda said.
Deco Pizzeria burglarized, suffered nearly $10,000 in damages
Courtesy, Deco PizzeriaDeco Pizzeria is picking up the pieces from a Sunday morning break in resulting in thousands of dollars in damages. Owner Jacob Valenzuela told MySA.com the Medical Center location at 2022 Babcock Road was burglarized around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The patio door and office were damaged in the break in. He estimates damages to be nearly $10,000. An undisclosed amount of money was also taken from the restaurant, he said.mysanantonio.com
SAPD: Victims use frying pan to serve up painful lesson to robbery suspect
SAN ANTONIO – Update:A man has been arrested in connection with a Northwest Side robbery on Tuesday, San Antonio police said. Ross Robert Villarreal, 21, was identified as the suspect in the robbery that happened 8700 block of Cinnamon Creek, Tuesday morning. Image courtesy of the San Antonio Police Department. They say the victims were able to take away the man’s fake gun after hitting him in the head. Related: SAPD: Victims use frying pan to serve up painful lesson to robbery suspect
Victims of home invasion in Northwest San Antonio stop alleged robber with a frying pan
click to enlarge ShutterstockA home invasion in the Medical Center was foiled by a frying pan early Tuesday morning, according to multiple reports After a man barged into an apartment and tried to rob the residents at gunpoint, one of the intended victims brandished the pan and hit him in the head, according to police. The residents were able to take away the gun before striking the robber again with the kitchen implement.According to officials, the intruder allegedly robbed another person in the parking lot of the Axio Apartments on Cinnamon Creek Drive around 12:41 a.m. before jumping a fence into the adjacent Spice Creek apartments, where he attempted the home invasion.San Antonio police arrested the man, who's now facing robbery charges.sacurrent.com
Post-COVID recovery clinics in Medical Center area treating patients with long-term virus effects
SAN ANTONIO – Two post-COVID recovery clinics opened in the Medical Center area to care for patients whose body has taken a toll physically and mentally after contracting the virus. The clinic at the UT Health Medical Arts and Research Center opened in August, and the clinic at University Hospital opened in September. Either of those patients can be affected with long term COVID symptoms,” said Dr. Monica Verduzco-Gutierrez, director of post-COVID recovery clinic at University Hospital. “There’s a lot of patients that want to come in and want to be seen, and then there’s only so many staff that we have to see the patients,” Verduzco-Gutierrez said. She said lung damage could have a long-term effect on some COVID-19 patients.
Torchy’s Tacos to open 4th San Antonio location in early 2021
SAN ANTONIO – Another Torchy’s Tacos is heading to the Alamo City, this time in the Medical Center. The Austin-based taco chain announced its newest San Antonio location is set to open in February 2021. It will be housed at 8435 Wurzbach Road, situated between Fredericksburg Road and Sid Katz Drive. Torchy’s, which started as a food truck in Austin in 2006, first arrived in San Antonio in 2014 with a Lincoln Heights spot. Its Green Chile Queso and Diablo Sauce are also sold at Whole Foods stores in Texas.
Driver reportedly shot by stranger at Medical Center area intersection
SAN ANTONIO – A man who was shot while sitting in his car in the Medical Center area told San Antonio police he did not know the shooter. A preliminary report says police began receiving calls around 2:30 a.m. about gunshots in the area near Interstate 10 and Medical Drive. Police found more than half a dozen shell casings on the Interstate 10 overpass near Medical Drive. (KSAT 12 News)The report says that 31-year-old man had been shot in his chest and face or lip. It appears one bullet went right through the door handle of the victim's car.
Overnight gunfire in Medical Center area leaves man wounded
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are investigating a shooting in the Medical Center area overnight. They found out about it when the victim showed up at a hospital in that area around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police believe the shooting happened nearby, at the Interstate 10 overpass at Medical Drive. Investigators say the victim was inside a car at the time when he was shot. Police spent some time searching an apartment complex and parking structure in the 5100 block of Medical Center for evidence connected to the shooting.
BCSO: Driver arrested after leading deputies on high-speed chase near Medical Center
SAN ANTONIO – A driver is now behind bars and facing a string of charges after leading deputies on a high-speed chase overnight in the Medical Center area in a stolen vehicle, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office had received word of a stolen vehicle driving into San Antonio from Austin. Soon after, they spotted the stolen vehicle in the Medical Center area. During the chase, the driver reached speeds up to 90 miles per hour, according to the BCSO. RELATED: Wild Video: Man leads BCSO, DPS on lengthy car chase through South San Antonio before he bails, gets arrested
KSAT Explains: Search for COVID-19 vaccine
LOCAL: CLICK HERE FOR MORE EPISODES OF KSAT EXPLAINSIn this week’s episode of KSAT Explains, which can be streamed in the video player above, we examine the challenges to create a potential vaccine, how they are tested and how long it takes before a vaccine can safely be introduced into the general population. According to The New York Times, there are more than 165 COVID-19 vaccine trials underway. Below is a video that explains how San Antonio is involved and a chart from the CDC which shows the vaccine life cycle. HISTORY OF VACCINESVaccines have evolved over centuries and have become a part of human life. QUICK GUIDE TO WHAT ELSE YOU WILL SEE IN THIS EPISODE OF KSAT EXPLAINS:
Man hospitalized following hit-and-run near Medical Center
SAN ANTONIO A 22-year-old man was hit by a vehicle while crossing a street near the Medical Center, according to police. San Antonio police said the man was struck around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on Fredericksburg Road at Louis Pasteur Drive. According to a preliminary report, a vehicle was traveling southbound on Fredericksburg, struck the man, and did not stop to render aid. Limited information about the suspects vehicle is available at this time, according to SAPD. The man was transported to University Hospital in serious condition.
San Antonio researchers seek 500-600 participants for COVID-19 vaccine trial
SAN ANTONIO A COVID-19 vaccine trial is getting ready to begin in San Antonio, and starting Thursday, researchers will start screening possible participants. The trial is taking place at Clinical Trials of Texas, which is located in the Medical Center area. Also, if those who want to join the trial have underlying conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, they must be managed. The vaccine itself is not a live vaccine, vaccination-type of process, Denham said. Chosen participants will receive a stipend for travel expenses, though the exact amount hasnt been determined yet.
2 men detained after vehicle chase, crash near Medical Center
SAN ANTONIO Two men are in police custody after leading San Antonio police on a vehicle chase through the Medical Center area early Tuesday. Police said another officer eventually located the truck near the intersection of Lamb Road and Medical Drive, where the driver jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot. The suspect hit a Jag work truck before a wheel of the suspects truck popped off, enabling officers to take the driver into custody, police said. Two people were detained by SAPD for matching the suspects description and both men are now presently being questioned. Police said the men could face charges of armed robbery, evading arrest and assault of a peace officer.
San Antonio officials searching for missing 29-year-old man
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man in the Medical Center area. Anthony Gonzalez, 29, was last seen in the 8000 block of Floyd Curl Drive on Thursday, authorities say. He’s described as having curly, shoulder-length hair, is right-handed, brown eyes, brown hair and has a tattoo on his right leg of the word “Aguirre.”Gonzalez also has a diagnosed medical condition, officials say. Anyone with more information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the San Antonio Police Missing Persons Unit at (210) 207-7660. 17-year-old found safe after being reported missing
City of San Antonio launches self-screening tool for COVID-19
City of San Antonio launches self-screening tool for COVID-19Medical workers last week work at a drive-thru screening center for COVID-19 in the Medical Center. The City of San Antonio launched a self-screening tool to help residents understand if they should seek COVID-19 testing. less Medical workers last week work at a drive-thru screening center for COVID-19 in the Medical Center. The City of San Antonio launched a self-screening tool to help residents understand if they should seek ... more Photo: Kin Man Hui /Staff Photographer Photo: Kin Man Hui /Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 82 Caption Close City of San Antonio launches self-screening tool for COVID-19 1 / 82 Back to GalleryThe city of San Antonio launched a self-screening tool to help residents understand if they should seek COVID-19 testing. The hotline hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Click here for the city's new self-screening tool.mysanantonio.com
Coronavirus cases jump to 11 in San Antonio
Coronavirus cases jump to 11 in San AntonioMedical personnel prepare to take a test sample from a person at the drive-through coronavirus testing center in the Medical Center area on Monday, March 16, 2020. Medical personnel prepare to take a test sample from a person at the drive-through coronavirus testing center in the Medical Center area on Monday, March 16, 2020. Photo: Kin Man Hui /Staff Photographer Photo: Kin Man Hui /Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Coronavirus cases jump to 11 in San Antonio 1 / 3 Back to GallerySan Antonio officials on Tuesday confirmed 11 total cases of novel coronavirus, jumping from just four earlier in the day. Four people caught it from contact with a previously diagnosed person in San Antonio, all of whom contracted it from domestic or international travel. Lauren Caruba covers health care and medicine in the San Antonio and Bexar County area.mysanantonio.com
Drink up while giving back: Proceeds from this margarita taste off benefit cancer patients at the Texas Medical Center
HOUSTON – Want to satisfy your margarita cravings and your charitable inclinations? It’s a margarita taste off and all proceeds from the event benefit a Houston charity. Proceeds benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, a Houston nonprofit organization that provides emotional, educational and practical support to children with cancer and their families receiving treatment at the Texas Medical Center. The 12th annual event pits participants against each other in a competition to make the best margarita. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m on Saturday, March 28, at Kirby Ice House, located at 3333 Eastside Street.
‘We just heard, like, a loud bomb,' resident says after massive apartment complex fire
The fire broke out at the Altitude Apartments in the 5000 block of Fredericksburg Road. “We just heard, like, a loud bomb — like, it sounded like a crazy firework went off,” she said. Fire officials say 12 units were in the building that was completely engulfed in flames, which is a total loss. Officials say it’s still too early to provide a cause for the fire. Officials say the American Red Cross is helping the families who have been displaced.
San Antonio police seek three suspects in research facility burglary
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are looking for three people involved in a burglary in the Medical Center. Police say a Pinnacle Research was targeted during the holidays, but it’s unclear what was taken from the facility. Researchers at the facility study several diseases, including Chron’s disease and hepatitis. Anyone with information is asked to call the Prue Property Crimes Unit at 210-207-8326.
Fire starts in construction area at University Hospital in Medical Center
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio firefighters responded to a fire at a construction site near University Hospital in the Medical Center area early Monday morning. According to Woody Woodward, public information officer for the San Antonio Fire Department, workers were demolishing an old walkway and a spark from their torch may have started the fire. Firefighters did a check of the hospital as a precaution, but the fire did not spread to it. Elizabeth Allen, public relations manager for University Health System, said the fire was only in the construction area and was quickly contained. The San Antonio Fire Department website said as many as 28 units originally answered the call.
Bexar County District Attorney ponders next move in Medical Center rape cases
SAN ANTONIO – After Anton Harris, 20, was convicted Wednesday of raping a nurse in her apartment in May 2017, Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales began evaluating four other Medical Center rape cases in which Harris is a suspect. Assistant District Attorney Daryl Harris, who prosecuted the 2017 case that ended with a 99-year sentence for Harris, said he is ready to go to trial in the other cases. Since they testified and told their story during Harris' trial, to try their cases would mean another trip to the witness stand. Daryl Harris recalled what one woman said following Anton Harris’ trial as the best-case scenario in resolving the remaining cases. I’m a survivor,’” Daryl Harris said.
Bexar County District Attorney ponders next move in Medical Center rape cases
Bexar County District Attorney ponders next move in Medical Center rape casesPublished: February 4, 2020, 6:16 pmAfter Anton Harris, 20, was convicted Wednesday of raping a nurse in her apartment in May 2017, Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales began evaluating four other Medical Center rape cases in which Harris is a suspect.
Medical Center rapist was questioned by police in 2015 and released
SAN ANTONIO – Two years before he raped and robbed a nurse in her Medical Center apartment, Anton Harris, 21, groped a woman in a stairwell at her Medical Center apartment, according to prosecutors in the Harris trial. On Wednesday, he was convicted of raping and robbing the nurse on the night of May 28, 2017. I felt someone grab and put their hand underneath my bottom," the woman testified. Punishment phase begins in Medical Center rape trialA police officer testified that he stopped Harris while investigating that attack as well as other sexual attacks police had been investigating in the area, but released him. Anton Harris found guilty in Medical Center rape trialHe is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Punishment phase begins in Medical Center rape trial
SAN ANTONIO – After deliberating for five hours on Thursday, the jury found Anton Harris, 21, guilty on rape and robbery charges. Harris, known as the Medical Center Rapist, allegedly forced his way into the apartment of a nurse, raped her and stole her watch, iPhone and iPad. “What happened to Jane at her Mission Ranch apartment on May 28, 2017, was the last of the defendant’s crimes,” prosecutor Daryl Harris told the jury Thursday as the punishment phase of Anton Harris’ trial began. Prosecutors say they plan to call at least 20 witnesses to the stand during the trial’s punishment phase. “This young man, you will learn, had to endure stuff in his childhood that wasn’t normal.”Anton Harris found guilty in Medical Center rape trialHarris is facing a maximum punishment of life in prison.
GUILTY: Jury delivers verdict in trial of Medical Center rapist Anton Harris
GUILTY: Jury delivers verdict in trial of Medical Center rapist Anton HarrisPublished: January 29, 2020, 5:16 pmAfter deliberating for about five hours Wednesday, a jury delivered a guilty verdict in the trial of accused Medical Center rapist, Anton Harris.
Anton Harris found guilty in Medical Center rape trial
SAN ANTONIO – After deliberating for about five hours Wednesday, a jury delivered guilty verdicts in the trial of accused Medical Center rapist Anton Harris. Harris is on trial for the rape and robbery of a nurse in her Medical Center apartment on May 28, 2017. It’s the first of five rape cases against Harris to go to trial. “This trial has laid out what was Jane’s worst nightmare come true,” prosecutor Daryl Harris told the jury. “And, unfortunately, the state’s key witness, Jane, couldn’t tell you it was him.”But, according to prosecutors, DNA evidence pointed to Harris.
Woman tells of frightening late-night encounter with accused ‘Medical Center rapist'
“I saw this male all of a sudden pop up out of the big bush that was there,” Kimberly Perez testified. Perez’s description of the man who startled her matched the one given by the rape victim. The victim’s description combined with video from a nearby gas station and DNA evidence led to Harris’ arrest. Harris was 17 years old and had just graduated from Marshall High School when he was arrested. The victim of the rape for which Harris is on trial is expected to testify when the trial resumes.
Boy, 15, shot in Medical Center apartment dies; suspect arrested
SAN ANTONIO – A 15-year-old boy who was shot in an apartment in the Medical Center has died, San Antonio police said. The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victim as Danny Hernandez. Teen shot in Medical Center apartment, friend taken into custody, SAPD saysThey ran into the room and found Hernandez had been shot and Pittman was missing, police said. Pittman returned to the apartment complex in the 5900 block of Eckhert Road a short time later and surrendered to police. The charge could be upgraded following a review of the case by the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.
Jury hears emotional account from victim of alleged ‘Medical Center rapist’
SAN ANTONIO – An emotional account recorded on a police officer's body camera of a woman who claimed she was sexually assaulted was played for the jury Wednesday as the trial of the alleged "Medical Center rapist" began. Alleged Medical Center rapist claimed innocence after accepting plea deal, judge saysThe woman said that her attacker fled on foot following the incident. The woman's neighbor, Crystal Montez, testified that she heard the victim's scream for help. Montez testified. “She goes, ‘Please, I was raped,’” Montez testified.
Jury selection begins in ‘Medical Center rapist’ case after plea deal struck down by judge
SAN ANTONIO – Jury selection began Tuesday in the case of the so-called Medical Center rapist. Anton Harris is accused of terrorizing the Medical Center area for about two years and committing five sexual assaults. Alleged Medical Center rapist claimed innocence after accepting plea deal, judge says[HI1]Last August, Harris pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual assault as part of a plea deal. But Judge Frank Castro rejected the plea deal, sending the case to trial. Harris is now facing the possibility of life in prison on each charge instead of the 40-year sentence he would have gotten from the plea deal.
Police: Man stabbed twice in the abdomen after fight breaks out
SAN ANTONIO – A man was stabbed twice in the abdomen after getting into an argument, police say. Teen shot in Medical Center apartment, friend taken into custody, SAPD saysHowever, police say the stabbing happened at another location. The man got into a fight with another person, was stabbed by the suspect and then managed to get away, according to authorities. One injured in apartment complex shooting on West Side, police sayThe victim then went back to his home and called police. He was taken to University Hospital for treatment of injuries but is in stable condition.
Police seek man who fired eight shots into Northwest Side apartment
San Antonio police are investigating a report of shots fired at an apartment complex near the Medical Center. Police were called to the Highpoint South apartment complex in the 7100 block of Wurzbach Road just after 1 p.m. Wednesday for reports that someone fired shots at an apartment door. Police said a man went to the location and started an altercation with an apartment resident. The man pushed the gunman out of his apartment and shut the door. The gunman then fired eight rounds through the door and ran away.
’Green street’ opens in the Medical Center for walkers, runners, bicyclists
SAN ANTONIO – A “green street” designed for the safety of walkers, runners and bicyclists is now open in the Medical Center. At 1.7 miles long, the “green street” is the longest in San Antonio and stretches along Floyd Curl Drive. It opened on Friday and consists of designated lanes for safety. “Green streets” are also used to promote healthy living.
100 firefighters called to battle fire at shopping area in Medical Center
SAN ANTONIO - About 100 firefighters were called to fight flames in the Medical Center after a fire spread around a shopping center. San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said it appears the fire started by accident at a nail salon near Gardendale and Datapoint Drive on Monday evening. So to be out in this heat, we have to make sure we are rehabbing them, Hood said. Hood said 80% of firefighters die in the line of duty because of heart attacks and strokes. Firefighters needed to get their vitals checked before returning to work, he said.
Man Pleads Guilty to String of Sexual Assaults He Committed in Medical Center as a Teenager
click to enlarge Bexar County JailA young man accused of raping and robbing multiple women in the Medical Center area has pleaded guilty.Anton Jamail Harris, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to five counts of aggravated sexual assault. The admission of guilt comes after Harris was arrested in June 2017 just two days after graduating from John Marshall High School. At the time, Police Chief William McManus said the suspect would pretend he was running through apartment complexes in the Medical Center to follow victims to their doors, rape them and steal their property Authorities said Harris assaulted women over a two-year period beginning in March 2015, when he was 16 years old. Based on DNA evidence and Harris' confession, the suspect was charged with first-degree felonies.The Bexar County District Attorney's Office recommended that Harris serve 40 years in prison, though Judge Frank Castro said that he may decide otherwise based on the severity of the charges.Harris is expected to be sentenced August 20.sacurrent.com
Man pleads guilty to Medical Center sexual assaults
SAN ANTONIO - A 20-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting multiple women in the Medical Center area has pleaded guilty to charges. Anton Jamail Harris pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to the five counts of aggravated sexual assault. San Antonio police said Harris targeted women in Medical Center-area apartment complexes, with the first case dating back to March 2015, when Harris was 16. During the time of Harris' arrest in June 2017, Police Chief William McManus said Harris would "pretend he was jogging through the complex" and attack women in their most vulnerable state. Police said DNA evidence and then Harris' confession to the sexual assaults led them to charge Harris with first-degree felonies.