AUSTIN EDITION Robbery suspects arrested

By Amy Olson

Austin police say they have caught two suspects in Tuesday night's convenience store robbery.

Police Chief Paul Philipp said officers arrested an 18-year-old man and a 15-year-old boy in the 1000 block of Second Avenue Northeast on Wednesday around 7 p.m.

Police believe the 18-year-old man held the clerk at Budget Oil, 501 E. Oakland Ave., at gunpoint. The 15-year-old boy is believed to be the suspect seen by witnesses wearing a red shirt with the white collar and a red bandanna around his forehead.


Philipp said the two were captured without incident at an apartment building.

Officers tracked three suspects to an area along Seventh Avenue Northeast before witnesses lost sight of them Tuesday night. The chief said police went back to talk to residents in the area Wednesday and were directed to the apartment, where the 18-year-old and the boy were found.

Philipp said officers have identified a third suspect, who is a 17-year-old. He has not been apprehended.

"We're pleased, of course," Philipp said, crediting the arrests to good police work.

The 15-year-old boy is being held at the Many Rivers Juvenile Detention Center in Rochester; the 18-year-old is being held at the Mower County Jail.

Philipp said both are expected to be charged with armed robbery.

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