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Austin police arrest suspect in recent armed robbery spree

Austin police announced the arrest of David Olmos, who confessed to a series of 10 armed robberies, on Friday. (Austin Police Department)

The Austin Police Department announced the arrest of David Olmos, 34, who confessed to a series of 10 armed robberies around Austin, on Friday.


Olmos robbed a series of convenience stores, a Cricket Wireless store and two individuals between May 15 and Tuesday, threatening his victims with a silver handgun and fleeing the scenes in a silver Chevrolet Silverado.

During the eighth robbery, which took place on North Lamar Boulevard last weekend, Olmos shot at the victim, who started chasing him after being robbed.

The final robbery occurred earlier this week, when Olmos carried out a carjacking at 4918 Burleson Road in Southeast Austin. The stolen vehicle was equipped with a GPS tracker, which allowed APD to track down Olmos, who was arrested on the scene and found in possession of the stolen vehicle keys, cocaine, methamphetamine and a silver handgun.

APD recently arrested Juan Sebastian Salto-Garcia, 18, in relation to two armed carjackings in the Westlake area. The department did not immediately respond to questions about whether Olmos may be connected to those events.

Olmos' arrest arrives amid various efforts to address gun crime in Austin.

Save Austin Now, the nonprofit that successfully campaigned to reinstate a ban on public camping, launched a new petition effort on Wednesday to address concerns about public safety, including rising violent crime rates, police staffing levels and diversity within the force.

APD launched a gun crime prevention program in partnership with the Travis County District Attorney's Office last month in light of rising violent crime rates, and U.S. Attorney Gregg Sofer announced Operation Undaunted, a new federal program designed to address violent crime in Austin, in December.

There were 72 robberies in Austin last month, down 18% from April 2020. Although some violent crimes, including murder, have seen significant year-over-year increases, crime is actually down slightly year-over-year, according to the chief's latest monthly report.

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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway