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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is accused of hitting a transgender woman multiple times with a gun before she wrestled it away from him, hid it and called police, according to the Austin Police Department.
The victim said Jeffrey Pace, who she’d known for about four months, had called her that night and asked her if she wanted to come over. He told her he was taking “shrooms,” or psilocybin mushrooms, according to the affidavit, and although he had hired her as an escort in the past, she told police she just expected to go to his home in the 2900 block of East Third Street to hang out.
She told police as she arrived, two escorts were leaving. She also told police Pace had pulled out a gun from his dresser “to ensure that she didn’t try to steal anything,” and then told her he needed a ride to the bank to pay for one of the escorts. She took him and they returned to the home.
The victim said Pace had been “disrespectful to her and was acting strange” ever since she arrived at his home.
“[The victim] was worried that Pace may be so high that he would do something that would get her or him injured,” according to the affidavit. She told him she was leaving and went to gather her things.