Elderly Austin Man Found Lifeless on Streets, Suspect Charged with Disturbing Violence

Elderly Austin Man Found Lifeless on Streets, Suspect Charged with Disturbing ViolenceSource: Austin Police Department
Natalie Petrovich
Published on November 29, 2023

In the quiet streets of the 3500 block of Rogge Lane, tragedy shattered the evening calm as Austin Police Department (APD) officers rushed to a distressing scene on November 18th. Responding to an urgent welfare check at around 9:17 p.m., first responders discovered Baron Godwin, a man whose lungs had given out to stillness, with efforts to pump breath back into them already in motion, according to official reports.

Godwin, found lifeless in his wheelchair, became the center of a homicide investigation as officers and onlookers alike struggled to make sense of the senseless. APD later confirmed that the individual suspected in Godwin's untimely death was one Ronnie Green, who now faces charges of injury to the elderly. Green, tied to the alleged attack, was arrested and handed a $50,000 bond for the third-degree felony charge.

Anyone with information should step forward and make their voices a beacon in this dark event. "Anyone with any information should contact APD's Homicide Unit at 512-974-TIPS or email APD Homicide at [email protected]," urges the department. Moreover, those who seek to remain unnamed may carry their tips through the channels of the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program.