On September 15, 2011 at about 2:35 PM the Killeen Police Department was notified by the Austin Police Department’s White Collar Crimes Unit of the arrest of Brian Jeffrey Bonniwell.
The Killeen Police Department has been working in conjunction with this unit, Texas DPS, the Texas Attorney General’s Office, and other local police agencies for several months to locate Mr. Bonniwell.
He remains in custody in Travis County on the Felony theft charge from our agency as well as a Motion to Revoke Probation for a Burglary Conviction in Austin. Other related felony charges against Mr. Bonniwell are pending at this time.
The Killeen Police Department received an anonymous Crime Stoppers Tip informing detectives that a 31 year old Austin man had falsely represented himself to the public as terminally ill and received property and money in excess of $1,500.
Through the investigation detectives were able to determine that Brian Fisher was a false name and his real name is Brian Jeffrey Bonniwell. As a result of Brian Fisher indicating to friends that he was terminally ill with cancer, the “Battle for Brian” benefit car show was held at McLeod’s Auto Sales located at 1609 E. Rancier on March 19, 2011. Brian Fisher, also known as Brian Bonniwell received cash proceeds from this benefit totaling more than $1,500 as well as thousands of dollars worth of parts and labor to his vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet S10.
On May 20, 2011, this case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a complaint was issued charging Brian Jeffrey Bonniwell with Theft over $1,500 but less than $20,000 involving the money he received from the car show benefit. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke issued a warrant for his arrest. Several attempts have been made to contact Mr. Bonniwell but detectives are unable to locate him.
From Killeen Police Department