AUSTIN, Texas - The Austin Police Department is asking the public for help identifying the suspects in another case of jugging.
The latest incident happened on September 9 at 2:25 p.m.
Police say a woman had withdrawn money from the Wells Fargo bank at 10900 Research Boulevard and after the transaction, she was followed home by two suspects in a gray, four-door BMW.
As the woman entered her home, police say the first suspect ran up behind her, violently attacked her, and stole her purse, which had the money from the bank inside.
The suspect who attacked the woman is described as follows:
- Black male
- Believed to be in his 20’s
- About 5’9 with a thin build
- Last seen wearing a black hoodie, black pants, white socks, white Adidas slides with black stripes, a surgical mask, and dark-colored gloves.
There is no description of the driver of the vehicle used in the jugging.
During the assault, the suspect threw the victim around and dragged her across the pavement. The victim was taken to the hospital for her injuries.
Austin Police Robbery Detectives are working on this case with the Violent Crimes Task Force and the Violent Crime Interdiction Unit. At this time, it is unknown if this case is related to any other Jugging incident.
Anyone with information about this incident should call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092. Also, tipsters are eligible for a REWARD by calling Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or using the new Crime Stoppers App.
Tips from police to avoid being a victim of jugging
APD suggests these tips to avoid becoming a victim:
- Take note of anyone that is hanging around in the lobby of the bank or parking lot that does not appear immediately occupied
- Try not to be distracted while in the financial institution: on your phone, wearing earbuds, etc.
- Notice any vehicles that may follow you out of the parking lot and make sure you are not being followed
- Before leaving the counter/ATM after receiving cash, secure it in a different bag (other than the small zipper cash bags or envelopes utilized), such as a briefcase or purse
- Lock your car doors when you get into your vehicle
- If you believe you are being followed from a financial institution for any length, please call 911 or drive to the nearest police station, fire/ems station.
- Speak with security at your bank to see if they can assist you with large withdrawals or if they have any safety suggestions when withdrawing a large amount of cash.