Investigations continue

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 22, 2002

No further arrests have been made since Friday in two stabbing incidents at a northwest Austin residence.

Also, the Austin Police Department reports no progress in the investigation in a fraudulent check-cashing scheme.

Four people were stabbed or beating in two separate incidents July 14 and 16 at 609 11th St. NW.

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Two of the three stabbing victims were treated and released from Austin Medical Center. Also treated and released was a victim who was beaten with a baseball bat. The fourth victim remains hospitalized in Rochester for stabbing wounds to the lower back.

The victims and other eyewitnesses told Austin police

a large group of shaved-head Caucasians attacked them in the July 16 incident.

A 20-year-old Austin man,

was arrested and will be charged in connection with the July 14 incident in which a 16-year-old teenager was stabbed.

The Mower County Attorney's office confirmed Hayes is to appear in court today.

Authorities have linked the July 16 incident to an individual claiming to belong to the Inland Empire Peckerwood chapter.

Today, Austin Police Chief Paul M. Philipp said Tuesday night's public meeting is not the result of the stabbing incident.

According to Philipp, Austin First Ward Council Member Mickey Jorgenson had requested the meeting some time ago to help northwest Austin residents form a neighborhood watch program

The meeting begins 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at Austin Municipal Building.

Another check discovered

One more check was discovered Friday that was apparently used by a group of five or six individuals, who embarked on a fraudulent Quality Pork Processors, Inc. check-cashing scheme.

Austin police said the perpetrators were able to make copies of a QPP payroll check that fooled local businesses. The only identification presented by the individuals was an Immigration and Naturalization Service card without a photograph of the individual. No other identification was requested and the checks were cashed.

QPP issued a notice to all businesses that all of their employees have an employee identification card complete with picture and serial number.

Today, the police chief said the investigation is continuing with no new developments at this time.

More than $19,000 in fraudulent checks were cashed by Austin businesses beginning July 12 and continuing last week.

Lee Bonorden can be reached at 434-2232 or by e-mail at lee.