AUSTIN — Police have arrested a man who is accused of robbing a 12-year-old boy who was standing at a bus stop in northeast Austin.
Officers say the robbery occurred on October 22 around 1:54 p.m. at the intersection of Tartan Lane and Teasdale Terrace. The intersection is near the Windsor Hill community.
The boy told police a white Jeep pulled up while he was at the bus stop and two men exited and approached him. He reported that he recognized one of the men as someone he knew from the neighborhood.
The preteen said one of the men grabbed his arm and demanded that he “give him all his s—.” He said the two suspects subsequently held his arms down and robbed him of his belt and shoes before getting back in their vehicle and driving off.
The boy’s father sent investigators a picture of one of the suspects as well as a photo of the vehicle’s license plate. Police were able to use this information to identify the man as 19-year-old Jose Luis Perez.
When the boy was shown a photo lineup which included an image of Perez, police say he positively identified him as one of the men who mugged him.
Perez was arrested and he faces a charge of robbery by assault. The other suspect has not yet been arrested.
Robbery is treated as a second-degree felony in Texas. It attracts a penalty of two to twenty years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. If the crime is upgraded to aggravated robbery, the charge will be a felony of the first degree. This attracts a more severe penalty of five to 99 years in state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
If you’ve been charged with robbery or another criminal offense, reach out to an Austin criminal defense attorney.