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Arrest made in series of sexually-motivated robbery attempts in northeast Austin

Prior to the arrest, police said the incidents appeared to be escalating.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin Police Department has made an arrest in connection with a series of robberies that occurred in late September to October in northeast Austin.

Det. Jacob Beirowski with the APD Robbery Unit confirmed on Oct. 21 that officers had arrested the primary and sole suspect in all three robberies, 24-year-old Carlos Saucedo, who speaks both English and Spanish. He has been charged with one count of aggravated robbery, and police are expecting additional charges for aggravated robbery and robbery by threat.

Beirowski said the public was very helpful in aiding officers to identify and locate the suspect and he was arrested without incident. The continued cooperation of victims and witnesses has also greatly assisted investigating officers.

Credit: Austin Police Department
Carlos Saucedo

Beirowski said APD is very confident that Saucedo is the person responsible for all three incidents based on physical evidence and admissions the suspect has made in an interview with officers. APD also believes Saucedo may have been involved in other incidents like robberies or incidents of a sexual nature in the same area that these three incidents occurred. The department is asking anyone who feels they may be a potential victim to call 911 and file a report.

Previously, police said the motive for each robbery appeared to be sexual in nature and the crimes were escalating. Officials added that the locations where the aggravated robberies occurred were in close proximity.

A summary of each case is listed below:

Date: Sept. 22
Time: 7:56 a.m.
Location: 1600 block of Rutland Drive

Around 7:56 a.m., a woman was walking alone, returning from her child’s school, when the suspect walked by and inappropriately touched her. The suspect then reportedly grabbed the woman by her arm, threatened her with a knife and demanded her property.

Suspect's description:

  • Hispanic male, approximately 20-25 years old
  • Approximately 5 feet, 3 inches, thin build and facial stubble
  • Wearing black T-shirt, black shorts, black baseball cap (no markings on clothes)
  • Weapon: knife
Credit: Austin Police Department

Date: Oct. 11
Time: 8:10 a.m.
Location: 1700 block of Colony Creek Drive

Around 8:10 a.m., a woman was walking to her child’s school when a man approached her with a knife and demanded her personal items. The suspect then said he would give the items back in return for sex.

Suspect description:

  • Hispanic male, approximately 25 years old
  • Approximately 5 feet, 3 inches, to 5 feet, 5 inches, thin mustache, light stubble, medium length black hair
  • Wearing black hoodie, black baseball cap, black pants
  • Weapon: knife

Date: Oct. 14
Time: 11:03 a.m.
Location: 9300 block of Northgate Blvd.

Around 11:03 a.m., a woman was with her child in the laundry room of an apartment complex when a man walked in while performing a sexual act. The suspect demanded personal items from the victim, threatened to hurt her and take her child.

Suspect description:

  • Hispanic male, approximately 20 years old
  • Approximately 5 feet, 1 inch, thin build, clean-shaven face, well-groomed
  • Wearing red T-shirt, black shorts, white and black baseball cap
  • Weapon: knife

Police said no one was seriously injured in any of the incidents.


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