The Lone Star Fugitive
Task Force arrested Louis Rhyne without incident this morning at 11:30
in the 10700 block of East Crystal Falls Parkway in Leander, Texas. The
information leading to the arrest came from anonymous tips provided to
Capital Area Crime Stoppers. These individuals, to whom we are very
grateful, will be eligible for reward money.
A booking photo will be released once it becomes available.
The Austin Police Department (APD) Aggravated Assault Unit has
identified 41-year-old Louis Rhyne, pictured below, as the suspect in
the December 24, 2020 attack on an APD officer. Investigators have a
signed arrest warrant for Rhyne who is facing charges for aggravated
assault on a police officer. His bond is set at $1,000,000. This charge
is in addition to the three outstanding felony warrants for motions to
revoke personal recognizance bonds for burglary of vehicle with two or
more prior convictions, theft of a firearm and unlawful possession of a
firearm by a felon.
In addition to the Capital Area Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000,
the following organizations are offering money for information leading
to the arrest of Louis Rhyne who also goes by the nickname Taz:
Persons who provide information leading to Rhyne’s arrest can remain anonymous and are eligible for the full $11,000.
Louis Rhyne is considered extremely dangerous and should not be
approached. If spotted, please call 9-1-1 immediately. Individuals with
information about Rhyne’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact Crime
Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS, submit a tip on the Crime Stoppers website
or use the Crime Stoppers app.
You can also submit tips anonymously through APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, which can be downloaded for free on iPhone
The Austin Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault on a
police officer case where an officer was shot at while responding to a
call for service. On December 24, 2020 at approximately 12:06 a.m., an
officer responded to an alarm call near Travis Green Lane and Hero Drive
in southwest Austin.
Once on scene, the officer observed a vehicle drive by a nearby
residence, while he was in his patrol car. The officer noticed the
vehicle had duct tape obstructing the license plate. The officer
attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the suspect drove away at a
high rate of speed evading police, and fired several shots at the
officer. During the short pursuit, the suspect began to drive on the
wrong side of the roadway, and at that time officers terminated pursuit
of the vehicle.
The suspect’s vehicle was located a short time later crashed and
abandoned at a nearby apartment complex parking lot. A perimeter was
set up and a search ensued. The suspect was not located at that time and
no suspect information is currently available. There were no injuries
involved in this incident.