AUSTIN EDITION -- Teen charged as an adult

By Amy Olson

A 15-year-old Austin boy will be charged as an adult for allegedly holding up a convenience store last April.

Chief Deputy County Attorney Jonathan Olson said the court signed an order Friday, moving the case against Francisco Rodriguez into adult court.

Olson said Rodriguez could make his first appearance in adult court next week, after the county attorney's office files a new complaint. Rodriguez and his attorney could appeal the ruling, which might delay proceedings.


Rodriguez and co-defendant Jose L. Sandoval, 18, are accused of holding up Budget Oil on April 23.

Sandoval is accused of holding the 18-year-old clerk at gunpoint, while authorities believe Rodriguez pushed the victim out of the way, hitting him on the back with a brick.

A store surveillance camera caught the robbery on tape, showing a third man to be involved, but police have not apprehended that suspect.

Sandoval last appeared in court July 5, where he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated robbery.

He is expected to be sentenced in the case on Sept. 27.

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