Williamson County experiences a rough start to the New Year

In one week, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and the Round Rock Police Department have tackled several major crimes.

Round Rock Girls Kidnapping

On New Year’s Eve, authorities issued an Amber Alert for two missing Round Rock Sisters—Lili Griffith and Lulu Bandera-Margaret. Their mother Tonya Bates was found dead in their home.

State and Federal authorities helped with search efforts for three days believing the girls with Terry Allen Miles,44, and in danger. The situation came to an end when Colorado Police received a tip which led officers to where the girls and Miles were staying.

Miles was arrested and the girls were safely placed in Foster care.

Homicide Investigation

Also on New Year’s Eve, Round Rock police announced an investigation into a homicide.

Joshua Armstrong, 37, was found dead inside his home in the 1100 block of Preserve Place by a family member. Round Rock police initially said Armstrong’s cause of death was suspicious and not believed to be a random act.

They are actively trying to establish a suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

Officer Involved Shooting

Saturday morning, Round Rock police responded to a suspicious person wandering around a neighborhood. When they tried arresting the man he shot at officers, who returned fire, killing him.

Suspicious death

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office was also working two major crime scenes Saturday morning. One off of Buck Bend and CR 176 and another in the 6200 block of U-S highway 79.

Patricia Gutierrez, the Wilco Sheriff’s Office PIO, said they are only investigating one death as suspicious. The Sheriff’s Office said the Buck Bend death involved an 18-year-old woman who didn’t have a prior history of illness before she died.

The woman’s family said she died in her sleep and believe it may have been a medical issue.

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