On September 20, just before midnight, Austin Police say 42-year-old Brian Pentecost was attacked outside Suite 101 nightclub on West 5th Street between Congress and Colorado. Investigators hope more witnesses will come forward because the assault was not caught on camera.
"Homicide detectives have been able to establish that Mr. Pentecost was standing outside Suite 101 when he was approached by an unknown white male and assaulted. Following the assault the suspect fled the scene," said Sgt. Brian Miller.
A witness told police the suspect punched Pentecost and he fell to the ground. He was taken to UMC Brackenridge where he died September 29. The Travis County Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. Police say Pentecost was a transient. They don't know how long he had been in Austin.
As of now, APD surveillance cameras, known as "halo" cameras, are installed around East 6th Street and in the Rundberg area which are both high crime hot spot. Police say eight more will soon be up and running downtown, primarily west of Congress where there are not any currently online.
"If you could put a camera in every one we would, it just comes down to having the money to do that," Cmdr. Darryl Jamail tells FOX 7. He says the cameras, which are monitored by APD officers, are doing their job.
According to APD, in September officers searched halo cameras nearly 200 times to assist in cases. More than half, 56%, of those searches came back with some sort of evidence. "Even if a camera doesn't capture an incident, it they know this person left traveling a certain direction, they can go and check every camera in the area to see if they happen to catch that person walking across."
Anyone with information about this case should call the APD Homicide Tip Line at 512-477-3588.