Woman attacked, robbed by two women near South Congress



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Posted on September 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 26 at 6:01 PM

AUSTIN -- Most people out enjoying the South Congress entertainment district say they feel very safe in the area. One woman KVUE spoke with says safety there isn't a concern for her. However police are urging people to walk to their cars in groups after a weekend assault and robbery.

Police say two women attacked a 29-year-old woman Saturday night one block west of South Congress Avenue.

The victim did not want to be identified. She has two black eyes and cuts everywhere.

The victim tells KVUE she was walking to her car. She was leaving Perla's restaurant, and walking along Gibson Street. She says the two women jumped her at the intersection of Eva. She says she always parks on Eva and has never been scared to walk alone.

"I didn't even think walking by myself in that area would be dangerous," the victim said.

The victim says after the initial attack, one of of the women, "pulled [her] hair and slammed [her] forehead into the curb several times."

Traffic, construction crews, there's so much going on in the area no matter the time of day. Whether you are hanging in a hip, happening area like South Congress or any other part of Austin, police say they want you to think about safety.

The detective investigating this incident says people should park their vehicles in well lit areas. The victim says the street light was out on the corner of Gibson and Eva.

Austin Police Detective Cory Wroblewski says when returning to the car, have your phone in your hand and walk in a group.

"If that's not available, at least go with a buddy system. If you've got two cars, go to one first then drive to the second car and get in and leave," Wroblewski said.

"I just want women to know, obviously these two women are after girls with purses," the victim said.

Police describe the suspects as Hispanic females, both about 5'4" in height. One is about 125 pounds with long, black curly hair and bad teeth. She was wearing a fitted hoodie and blue jeans. The other  is also about 5'4" and about 120 pounds. They left with a man in a crimson colored car.

The victim says they tried to use one of her credit cards, and that the card company contacted her.

Police hope anyone with information will contact them.