APD: 5 teens possibly connected to 20 armed robberies

AUSTIN - In an affidavit obtained by KVUE Wednesday, Austin police accuse five teens, including three juveniles, of robbing numerous people at gunpoint in about 20 different cases over the span of two weeks before leading police on a chase that ended in Gonzalez County.

On Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 about seven robberies were reported to the Austin Police Department. In most of the cases, about three to four males got out of a gray sedan sometimes identified as a Chevrolet Impala and pointed a gun at the victim. Most of the victims said the alleged robbers had bandanas and other clothing covering their faces.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 12, an officer spotted an Impala with a license plate matching the one described in many of the reported robberies. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the Impala after finding that it had an expired registration sticker.

The Impala first appeared to be stopping, but accelerated and fled the scene, the officer said. A pursuit of the vehicle then continued for over 30 minutes and in several different counties. As officers chased after the vehicle, the occupants appeared to be throwing items out of the windows.

After forcefully making the Impala stop, five people inside were detained. In addition to three 16-year-olds, police detained two teens identified as Devon Kincheon and Anthony Johnson, both 17-years-old.

Police spoke with Kincheon and Johnson back at APD headquarters. Kincheon said the others picked him up before they allegedly started robbing people. He said he never got out of the car, but he witnessed them rob people in ways that were consistent with the victim's accounts.

On Sept. 13, investigators searched the impounded Impala with a search warrant and found several items that were reported stolen in the several alleged robberies. They also found numerous bandanas, fired shell casings and a live round of ammunition.

In addition to the robberies reported on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, investigators believe the five individuals were involved in more than 12 other robberies that happened beginning on Aug. 30.

Johnson is currently in Travis County Jail with a bond set at $450,000. Kincheon is not in Travis County Jail as of Sept. 14 according to online records. The identities of the juveniles were not revealed in the affidavit.


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