AUSTIN, Texas — The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force apprehended 18-year-old Jeremiah Crayton in connection with the April 29th murder of 19-year-old Eshmell Arath Mendez.
On April 29, 2021, at approximately 6:51 p.m., the Austin Police Department received a 911 call reporting someone had been shot at the Goodnight Commons Apartments, located in the 2000 block of East Slaughter Lane.
There, police discovered Mendez lying on the floor of the apartment with an apparent gunshot wound. Despite life-saving measures by Austin-Travis County EMS, Mendez was pronounced deceased at the scene.
"The preliminary investigation indicates that Mr. Mendez was inside the apartment visiting friends when the suspect, Jeremiah Crayton, knocked at the door," read a statement from the Austin Police Department. "One of the residents opened the door at which time Crayton pulled a pistol from his jacket pocket and shot Eshmell Mendez."
Crayton, according to police, then fled the scene prior to their arrival.
On April 30, 2021, following an autopsy by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office which determined Mendez's death to be a homicide by gunshot, an arrest warrant was issued for Crayton charging him with murder. He was arrested that same day by the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, without incident, and booked into the Travis County Jail where he is being held on a $250,000 bond on the murder charge and bond revocation on a previous unlawful carrying of a weapon charge.