US Marshals searching from fugitive accused of threatening his stepchildren with weapons
Andres Laverde, 25, is accused of using weapons to threaten his three step-children back in 2013.
"These children are roughly between the ages of 7 and 10, very young. And they were being disciplined by a stepfather who decided to retreat to a stun gun and a pocket knife to threaten them," said Deputy U.S. Marshal Brandon Filla.
Laverde was eventually convicted on two charges.
"He received five years of probation on the child endangerment charge, and eight years of probation for the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge," said Filla.
But in October 2015, Laverde stopped reporting to his probation officer and stopped paying fees associated with the charges. The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force believes someone in Central Texas may be helping him avoid the law -- and that person should turn him in before they wind up facing charges as well.
"Things have indicated that he possibly may be receiving assistance from family members and known associates here in the Austin area," said Filla. "We want to make them be aware that if those facts are presented and we can prove that, we will submit those findings to the district attorney and the U.S. attorney."
Laverde is 6'0 and weighs 250 pounds. Authorities also believe he has ties to the country of Colombia. If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at 512-800-4213.