Authorities searching for self-described mafia member in Austin

Raymond Acevedo has been on the run since being charged with aggravated robbery. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

Authorities are searching for a man who described himself as a member of the mafia. He was charged with an aggravated robbery in Austin but has since been on the run.

Police say Raymond Acevedo was with his son at a parking garage on Brazos Street in January of 2015. While they were in the garage, Acevedo’s son crashed into another car.

“A victim who was just trying to leave a parking garage and was rear-ended by someone backing up,” said U.S. Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla.

According to the Austin Police Department, the son suggested not reporting the incident and offered to give him cash instead. The victim was hesitant and asked to see his identification and insurance information.

“The victim notices that the insurance card is expired and insists on calling the cops to do the right thing,” Filla said.

That's when, according to the affidavit, the driver tried to leave but realized his ID was lost. The victim checked his pockets and told the driver he didn't have it.

“Words are exchanged, of course, threatening, this victim fears for his life”, Filla said.

That’s when the victim said he was blind-sided by Acevedo.

“The father is the one who perpetrates, or starts, this violent encounter,” Filla said.

The two took the victim's wallet and began to choke him. Then they told him they were part of the mafia and could easily kill him.

“Taking a pen and stating that they are going to stab him in the neck with a pen, the pen gets close to the neck,” Filla said.

Suddenly, the driver realized his ID was in his car. They let go of the victim and escaped. But the U.S. Marshals believe he's still in town.

“He's got ties to the Austin area, a lot of times some people can just fly under the radar,” Filla said.

If you have any information on his whereabouts call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.

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