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Texas fugitive's family hopes for peaceful resolution

Cullen Shane Pate, 22, was last known to be in the Cedar Park and Austin area earlier this week. And he's likely staying in the hotel/motel corridor along I-35. (Photo courtesy: Lone Star Fugitive Task Force)

Authorities say an aggravated robbery fugitive, whose victim sustained a shotgun wound to the head, has been seen in the Austin-area.

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force says Cullen Shane Pate, 22, was last known to be in the Cedar Park and Austin area earlier this week. And he's likely staying in the hotel/motel corridor along I-35.

Investigators say Pate, along with two others, robbed a couple in Oakwood, about 160-miles northeast of Austin, during a drug deal on Friday, April 7.

Both suffered gunshot wounds -- but the male victim was hit by a shotgun blast to the left side of his head just behind his left ear. Both are recovering from their injuries.

Authorities say Pate has an extensive narcotics history and frequent encounters with law enforcement. He is considered armed and dangerous. He is possibly in the company of an unknown black male.

"That's not the Cullen that I know," said Kelsey Connell, the mother of Pate's two young girls.

Connell attributes Pate's friends as a bad influence on him. She said the U.S. Marshals approached her at the bus stop on Monday to question her about Pate.

"He's not a bad person at all. He's funny, he's loving. Those girls think the world of him," said Connell "I love him. He just needs to turn himself in safely without some horrible accident."

Pate’s accomplices in the robbery have already been apprehended and are in custody in Leon County.

If you have information on his whereabouts immediately contact law enforcement (911) or the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force at (512) 800-4213, do not approach him.


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