Police are looking for a suspect in connection with 9 violent robberies in North Austin

Police have warned area residents to be extra vigilant about their surroundings as some victims were seriously injured and hospitalized.

AUSTIN, Texas – The Austin Police Department is searching for a suspect believed to be behind a series of at least nine robberies that took place between September 19th and October 4th in North Austin.

Police said the incidents occurred on Northgate Boulevard, along blocks 300 to 1800 of W. Rundberg Lane, North Plaza and Research Boulevard.

The suspect is described as a black male, possibly in his 30s, between 6ft and 6ft tall, 3″ tall and of stocky/muscular build. He wore dark clothing and a face covering, and sometimes wore gloves.

A machete, gun, and bat were used throughout the series of robberies.

Police have warned area residents to be extra vigilant about their surroundings as some victims were seriously injured and hospitalized. Most of the victims were Hispanic or did not speak English, APD said.

The suspect was seen testing doorknobs at various complexes in the area as well as car doors.

APD urges the public to:

  • Lock all doors including patio doors, front doors, car doors, gates
  • Report suspects to 911 – if you see someone carrying a machete, pass this on to dispatch the robbery suspect and point it out so the patrol can respond quickly
  • Keep your phone away when walking through parking lots and be aware of your surroundings
  • Try to have someone with you when walking to and from your vehicle in parking lots
  • Remind your housing manager to make sure the security cameras are working
  • Open a bank account – do not carry large amounts of cash with you
  • If you have a security camera/doorbell that may show suspicious activity from this area related to the suspect described, contact the APD robbery phone number.

Anyone with information regarding the robberies or suspects is asked to contact police at 512-974-5092 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 512-472-TIPS.

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Laura Coffey

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