City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: APD Public Information Office 512-974-5017 Email
Date: Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Time: 4:30 a.m.
Location: 105 E. Stassney Lane (7-Eleven)
Video: APD's Official YouTube Channel *WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS FOUL LANGUAGE & DISTURBING IMAGES. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED*
On Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at approximately 4:30 a.m., Austin Police Department (APD) officers responded to an armed robbery and shooting at the 7-Eleven at 105 E. Stassney Lane. Surveillance video shows three armed juveniles entering the 7-Eleven and rushing toward the clerk as they ransacked the store.
One of the suspects towered over the clerk, holding the clerk at gunpoint as he tried to open the safe. The suspect fired at the safe several times close to the clerk. Luckily, no direct fire or ricochets hit the clerk. The suspects continued stealing items before exiting the store towards their vehicle. While running, one of the juveniles shot at the building towards the clerk inside the store.
*Robbery Unit investigators identified some of the suspects in this robbery as part of a group responsible for 11 other robberies that occurred earlier in the year.*
The Violent Crimes Taskforce (VCTF) assisted the Robbery Unit in quickly locating two suspects. A search warrant led to the discovery of critical evidence in this case. Two suspects have been arrested, a 13-year-old juvenile male and a 15-year-old juvenile male. A third suspect, possibly a juvenile, has yet to be identified.
While this robbery was solved and a potential series was avoided, the Robbery Unit has noticed an increase in aggravated robberies involving juvenile suspects, specifically violent robbery series. The Robbery Unit's primary area of concern is repeat juvenile offenders within short periods of time. The Robbery Unit will be working with the Travis County Juvenile Prosecutors to identify proactive measures to reduce the recidivism of juvenile defendants.
Anyone with any information should contact APD's Robbery unit at 512-974-5092. You may submit your tip anonymously through the Capital Area Crime Stoppers Program by visiting austincrimestoppers.org or calling 512-472-8477. A reward of up to $1,000 may be available for any information that leads to an arrest.