Sexually motivated robberies targeting women in North Austin under investigation

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin police are asking for help in identifying a suspect involved in three robberies in North Austin that began last month and are “escalating.”

According to the APD, the suspect in each of the cases has a similar description, and the motive for each robbery “appears to be sexual.” All three incidents also took place in close proximity to each other. Police say one of the incidents happened to a mother who was walking near Wooldridge Elementary School.

The first incident took place just before noon. 8 on September 22 in the 1600 block of Rutland Drive. Police say a woman was walking home from her child’s school when the suspect touched her inappropriately. He then took the victim by the arm, threatened her with a knife and demanded her property.

The second incident happened around 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 11 in the 1700 block of Colony Creek Drive. According to police, a woman was going to her child’s school when the suspect approached her with a knife and demanded her personal belongings. He told the woman that he would return the goods in exchange for sex, police said.

The third incident took place in the laundry room of an apartment complex on block 9300 of Northgate Boulevard around noon. 11 on 14 October. Police say a woman was with her child in the laundry room when the suspect entered “performing a sexual act.” He then demanded personal items and threatened to harm the woman and take her child.

“It seems that if the victims have small children with that he is not afraid to approach them,” said Detective Jacob Beirowski.

Police say the suspicious descriptions are the same in all three cases:

Event No. 1 Event No. 2 Event No. 3
Hispanic han Hispanic han Hispanic han
Approx. 20-25 years old Approx. 25 years old Approx. 20 years old
Approx. 5’3 ” Approx. 5’3 ″ to 5’5 ″ Approx. 5’1 ″
Thin build-up, facial stubble Thin mustache, light stubble, medium black hair Thin build, clean-shaven face, well-groomed
Black T-shirt, black shorts, black baseball cap Black hoodie, black baseball cap, black pants Red T-shirt, black shorts, black and white baseball cap

“I would advise the community to be aware of their surroundings if they are out walking alone during the day and at night, so as not to have both ears connected to headphones,” Beirowski said.

Anyone with information please call the APD Robbery Tip Line at (512) 974-5092. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (512) 472-TIPS.

When KXAN looked up robbery statistics in that area it APD’s database for searching for crime, we found about 20 robberies happened in 2019. That number has almost doubled in 2020. So far this year there have been 23.

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