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Cases: 22-1611168 – June 10, 2022 – 614 E. St. Johns
22-1611501 – June 10, 2022 – 10810 N. Lamar Blvd.
22-1630547 – June 12, 2022 – 825 E. Rundberg Ln.
22-1630560 – June 12, 2022 – 1711 Rutland Dr.
22-1630569 – June 12, 2022 – 701 Masterson Pass
22-1630578 – June 12, 2022 – 701 Masterson Pass
22-1651432 – June 12, 2022 – 2101 Wickersham Dr.
22-1651028 – June 14, 2022 – 1012 Reinli St.
22-1651121 – June 14, 2022 – 3400 Palm Way
Jaylyn Reed, 17
Paul Rossum, 18
Andre Harris, 18
Juvenile Suspect (No photo available)
The Austin Police Department (APD) identified and arrested three adult suspects and one juvenile suspect in a series of aggravated robberies from June 10th to June 14th, 2022. APD is also investigating the theft of a vehicle on June 11th, 2022, which could be connected to the aggravated robberies.
17-year-old Jaylyn Reed is a known robbery suspect involved in nine aggravated robberies and several auto thefts during May of 2021, in addition to the crimes committed on June 10th-14th, 2022. Paul Rossum, a known robbery suspect, is an accomplice of Reed, who was also involved in the 2021 incidents. The identified Juvenile suspect was also involved in the 2021 robbery series. Andre Harris is not connected to the 2021 incidents but is a suspect in a robbery that occurred on June 14th.
Reed, arrested prior for multiple aggravated robberies with a deadly weapon in the 2021 series, was released from juvenile custody on May 27th, 2022, with an ankle monitor. Two days later, he cut off his ankle monitor and began a series of nine armed robberies in five days.
All nine robberies that happened recently were committed similarly during the daytime. One suspect would exit the vehicle and then enter a busy business area. The other suspects inside the car would also identify potential “targets.” Once a person is identified, the suspects approach them, point a handgun, and demand their belongings. In several cases, the victims suffered head injuries after being “pistol-whipped” by the group of men.
On June 14th, 2022, at approximately 3:15 p.m., the 8th robbery occurred at 1012 Reinli St. Surveillance video captured Reed standing shirtless outside the location until a Hispanic male victim walked nearby. Reed then followed, pulled out a handgun, and hit the victim several times before robbing him. A stolen silver Chevy Malibu, also used in several previous robberies, was used as a getaway car.
Less than an hour later, the men backed into a parking space at Neiman Marcus at The Domain, located at 3400 Palm Way. Surveillance video recorded Reed as he exited the vehicle and approached a black male victim and a black female victim. Reed pulled out a handgun and robbed the male victim of his backpack. At the same time, the other suspects in the car moved forward and waited for Reed. Reed moved towards the getaway car while pointing his handgun at the female victim. The male victim pulled out his firearm and fired several shots at Reed and those in the Chevy Malibu in self-defense. As a result of this confrontation, Reed was shot in his right leg.
Officers located the Chevy Malibu and all four suspects a short distance away. Officers applied a tourniquet to Reed’s leg, and EMS took him to a nearby hospital. Several handguns and stolen property were seized at the scene from the suspects. Reed, Rossum, and Harris are in the Travis County Jail. The juvenile suspect is in the Gardner-Betts Juvenile Justice Center. All four men are charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges for all suspects are pending.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092, Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or use the new Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading APD’s mobile app, Austin PD, for free on iPhone and Android.