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Juan Sebastian Salto-Garcia is being held at the Travis County Jail with charges of aggravated robbery. (WHPD)

A suspect arrested for stealing vehicles in two separate armed carjackings has been identified as 18-year-old Juan Sebastian Salto-Garcia, who has been linked to multiple crimes in Austin.


Salto-Garcia is facing charges of aggravated robbery and is currently being held in the Travis County Jail. He is one of two suspects in the incidents.

The carjackings took place in the West Lake Hills H-E-B and Barton Creek Square mall parking lots, and in both cases the victims were unharmed.

According to APD, Salto-Garcia was arrested on May 19 at 7:15 p.m. after the West Lake Hills H-E-B incident while trying to flee on foot. Police were able to recover both stolen vehicles, a black semi-automatic rifle and handgun magazine at the same time of the arrest.

Police also believe Salto-Garcia is connected to a series of crimes and was arrested on April 12 for an incident that occurred at a jewelry stand at Market Place Austin on North Lamar Blvd. on Jan. 15 and again at the same location on March 12. He was released on personal bond on April 28 with house arrest, GPS monitoring and a "no firearms" restriction.

His personal bond was revoked on May 12 for tampering with the monitor and his personal bond was revoked on May 12.

Salto-Garcia and another man threatened and robbed a man and woman at gunpoint at the West Lake Hills H-E-B around 9:25 p.m. on May 18, taking their black 2020 Porshe Macan S. The pair carried black rifles and were seen in a gray Dodge truck.

The following morning, May 19, police said Salto-Garcia and another man robbed a woman in the Barton Creek Square mall parking lot and stole her 2020 Land Rover.

Victims described the outstanding suspect as Hispanic, around 25 years old, slender and having short black hair. Police are still unsure if the second suspect from the crimes is the same person.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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