East Austin homicide victim identified, police search for suspect

The Austin Police Department has identified the victim of a homicide in East Austin. 33-year-old Michael Martin O'Brien was stabbed on January 22 and later died at a hospital from his injuries.

Police say officers responded to a 9-1-1 call around 2:47 a.m. about a stabbing in the north alley in the 400 block of East 6th Street. APD and Austin-Travis County EMS arrived and found O'Brien with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. 

An autopsy conducted on January 23 determined O'Brien's cause of death as multiple stab wounds and ruled the death a homicide.

Detectives say O'Brien was stabbed after an altercation broke out in the alley. Witnesses describe seeing a white male wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and a red baseball cap flee the scene before police arrived.

Detectives are asking anyone with information or video of the incident to call APD Homicide at 512-974-TIPS, email homicide.apd@austintexas.gov, utilize the Crime Stoppers tip line at 512-472-8477 (TIPS), or the Crime Stoppers app. You may remain anonymous. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, free on iPhone and Android.

Information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. 

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