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Suspect behind series of robberies with sexual threats caught by police

Police have caught the suspect behind three robberies in North Austin. (APD)

The Austin Police Department has arrested the man suspected to be behind a series of robberies that were sexual in nature.


The suspect, who was only identified by police as a 22-year-old Hispanic man, was arrested by police on Thursday with one account of aggravated robbery, but more charges are expected to be made. The suspect's identity has not been revealed by police in order to not taint any current investigations, police said in a press conference. Little details were released on how police identified the suspect, but APD told the media that the community played a large role in capturing him.

The man is believed to be behind a series of robberies in North Austin within a 30-day period.

Here's a breakdown of the cases:

1. At 7:56 a.m. on Sept. 22 at the 1600 block of Rutland Drive, a woman was walking alone and returning from her child's school when a suspect walking by inappropriately touched her. The suspect then grabbed her by the arm, threatened her with a knife and demanded "her property."

2. At 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 11 at 1700 block of Colony Creek Drive, a woman was walking to her child's school when a man approached her with a knife and then demanded her personal items. The suspect then said he would return the items in return for sex.

3. At 11:03 a.m. on Oct. 13 at the 9300 block of Northgate Boulevard, a woman was with her child in the laundry room of an apartment complex when a man walked in performing a sexual act. The suspect demanded personal items from the victim, threatening to hurt the victim and take her child.

Police are encouraging other potential victims to come forward.

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