Police: Thomas Involved In 3 "Altercations" Day Before Death

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Updated to clarify where Thomas' body was found.

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Since his body was identified Tuesday morning, Austin police have been investigating the final hours of rockabilly singer and bandleader Chadd Thomas, trying to fill in the blanks between Thomas' show with his band the Crazy Kings last Saturday night and the discovery of his body early Monday morning on South Congress Avenue near Oltorf.

This afternoon, Austin Police Department investigators held a press conference and announced the singer was involved in three different "altercations" in the hours leading up to his death, which the Travis County Medical Examiner ruled a homicide via blunt force trauma late Tuesday afternoon.

Police say these incidents took place between the 3000 and 3600 block of South Lamar; a party in the 200 block of Alpine; and then near two South Congress apartment complexes where his body was found Monday, KVUE's Rebekah Hood reported. Aviary Decor, the bar the Crazy Kings played Saturday, is located in the 2000 block of South Lamar.

Hood says police would not reveal what kind of altercations these were (how many kinds are there?) but did say that the first one did involve a vehicle, and that they believe Thomas was driven from the Alpine party to South Congress. They have spoken to parties involved in the first and third incidents, and have a person of interest in the second, Hood added.

Thomas' body was found beside a tree in the parking lot of an AutoZone in the 2600 block of South Congress. Fans have since erected a memorial to the singer at the spot.

Thomas, a native of Birmingham, Ala., whose given name was Charles Thomas II, is survived by a six-year-old daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending.

APD is still searching for witnesses to all three altercations. Contact the department at 512-974-5000 or through the Web.



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Chrishallonguitar
Chrishallonguitar

I always was treated with respect and courtesy from Chadd. He worked at Guitar Center for years and was always kind and ready to tell me some road stories, but he was always asking what was going on with my project. I can't believe he was taken from us this week. He really was a great guy.

Bigblackbabyjesus
Bigblackbabyjesus

 Brittanie, I don't believe you've heard the opposite at all, though I don't blame you for sticking up for a local musician turned murder victim. Across the Houston music scene, all I've heard for the last couple days is universal acknowledgment that Chadd was a mean drunk who did, in fact, love nothing more than to start fights. The guy's been kicked out of every bar in the city, repeatedly, for that very reason.

That said, he didn't deserve to be killed, and I am genuinely sorry for his family and daughter.

Scourgeofthewest
Scourgeofthewest

I had to spend time around this guy quite a bit in the late 90's and he was always a drunken jerk who would mouth off to anyone.  Always rude.  Always trying to pick fights.  I'm not surprised someone killed him.  I'm amazed he lasted this long.

Shocked fan
Shocked fan

Reporting is getting more accurate, but his body was not found at apartments - rather, under a small tree on the north end of the parking lot of the AutoZone parts store on the west side of Congress at 2602 S. Congress. That's catercorner across S. Congress from one set of apartments (Travis Heights, 2702 S. Congress), and about one block east from another set of apartments (The Oaks, actually on Cumberland Rd.) Overall, that's about a block south of the HEB store at Oltorf/S. Congress. As you may know, S. Congress stays busy nearly 24/7, so it's unlikely Chadd's body was there long before it was called in by a commuter at about 7:45 a.m. Monday morning.

John moran
John moran

Chadd was a wonderful person. I met him st Guitar center. He always helped me out wit a smile. He would always invite me to his shows. He will be painfully missed.

houstonian
houstonian

scourge, you are correct. I am not surprised this happened but nobody deserves to be murdered

Brittanie Shey
Brittanie Shey

Interesting, because I've pretty much universally heard the exact opposite about him. Maybe you're the jerk.

Hoopinman
Hoopinman

really??? Did you REALLY have to go there?

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

Ah. Thanks. I know that area well.

Blakew
Blakew

Scourgeofthewest is correct.

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