Police Arrest Teen Following Armed Robbery of Classmate

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AUSTIN — Police arrest a teen following an armed robbery of a classmate.

The unnamed victim told police he was at a four-way intersection on October 24, when a white Mercedes turned in front of him and began driving slowly. He said he drove around the vehicle, but it followed him for a few blocks before turning off.

The victim reported that the Mercedes reappeared when he stopped at the intersection of Blue Ridge Drive and Crown Ridge Road and the driver parked directly in front of him. He said two men got out of the car, including one he recognized as his classmate Omar.

The men reportedly approached him and ordered him to get out of his vehicle. When he refused, the passenger put a gun to his head.

The passenger is then alleged to have reached into the car and taken the victim’s cell phone. The victim said the men ran off when they saw another vehicle approaching.

The victim’s mother said a white Mercedes and four carloads of people turned up on October 26 looking for a fight. She contacted a man who tracked down the driver of the car, 17-year-old Omar Ponce. Ponce reportedly told the man he wanted to fight the victim because the victim and others had jumped his friend “Johnathan” for taking the phone.

The man showed Ponce’s mother a photo of the second suspect and she identified him as her son’s friend who worked at KFC. The man then went to the KFC on Riverside where he found Ponce and 18-year-old Johnathan Medina. Police were called to the scene and the man told police the teens were responsible for the robbery. The victim later identified the teens in two photo lineups. Ponce was arrested and charged aggravated assault and a warrant has been issued for Medina’s arrest.

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