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Police increase patrols after women robbed at gunpoint

Over the weekend Austin Police increased patrols near Clayton Lane and Sheridan Avenue near the Mueller Flats Apartment Homes after multiple women were held-up at gunpoint. (CBS Austin)

Over the weekend Austin Police increased patrols near Clayton Lane and Sheridan Avenue near the Mueller Flats Apartment Homes after multiple women were held-up at gunpoint.

Five times in March -- four times last week -- police say a suspect approached a lone female in the parking lot area and robbed them at gunpoint. The incidents have been reported twice at 6:30 a.m., and at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Joy Queensbury is frustrated to hear the suspect is targeting women. "That's a coward," Queesnbury says.

Now she's thinking twice about where she goes and when.

"It's not right that we live here and we can't -- at night we used to walk our dogs, but now it's like … no," she says.

It's the morning incidents that's surprising people who live nearby.

"I go pick up my sister from these apartments … like around 8 a.m.," says Luz Martinez who lives across the street.

Martinez thought she was safe walking alone during the day.

"I didn't know about this until now, and now it's like ... kind of scary," Martinez says.

No one has been injured in any of the robberies and Queensbury hopes things stay that way.

"Hopefully God will take care of it, and he'll bring him out to the light and we'll know who he is," she says.

According to police, the suspect is a black male who appears to be in his late 20s. He's described as tall and thin and is often wearing dark clothing and long sleeved t-shirts when the robberies happen.


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