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Austin Police Arrest Man With Several Weapons At Pease Park

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. for KUT

Austin police arrested a man carrying an assault rifle, a pistol, a knife and a baton at Pease Park on Wednesday. 

The suspect was identified in an Austin Police Department affidavit as 23-year-old Dalton Broesche. He was arrested for unlawfully carrying a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor, and has an outstanding warrant for aggravated assault in Harris County.

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Dalton Broesche, 23, was arrested in Pease Park with several weapons, according to the Austin Police Department.

Dispatchers received a call around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from parkgoers concerned about a man carrying a long gun on the north side of the Central Austin park. Police arrested him without incident. The affidavit says Broesche told officers he tossed an assault-style rifle with a 30-round magazine, a bipod and a scope in some brush off a park trail before officers detained him.

Police say Broesche directed officers to the rifle after they found two knives on him, along with a loaded 9 mm pistol and an asp – a retractable baton illegal to carry publicly in Texas – in his waistband. Police said he was also carrying a fully loaded extra magazine for the gun.

Broesche does not have a license to carry a firearm, police said. He was charged with concealing the asp and the pistol.

Broesche was booked in Travis County Jail and is being held on a $55,000 bond.

Andrew Weber is a general assignment reporter for KUT, focusing on criminal justice, policing, courts and homelessness in Austin and Travis County. Got a tip? You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @England_Weber.
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