Man burglarized downtown bar of 100 credit cards, police say
Booking photo of Damian Ysasi
Austin police say a homeless man is to blame for the burglary of an East Sixth Street bar.
According to an arrest affidavit, 20-year-old Damian Ysasi broke into the bar Pure, located at 419 E. Sixth Street, on Sunday March 18, and stole about 100 credit and debit cards, as well as cash, bottles of alcohol and DJ equipment, which he hid nearby.
On Monday, police arrested Walker Rumpf for using a stolen credit card at a downtown convenience store. Rumpf told police he got the card from a “fellow transient” who had been bragging about stealing cards from a downtown bar. Rumpf was able to identify Ysasi by photo as the person who gave him the stolen card.
Police say Ysasi burglarized the bar by climbing up a pole attached to the back of the building and entering through a vent on the roof. A surveillance camera recorded video of Ysasi breaking into the building.
He faces a charge of burglary of a building and an unrelated robbery charge. His bonds total $58,000.
Pure is one of eight downtown bars closed after a federal raid Thursday. The bar’s owner, Hussein Yassine, and 9 others were arrested and charged for their suspected involvement in a cocaine and money laundering ring downtown.