AUSTIN (KXAN) - Masked armed men in East Austin struck six times over the weekend, robbing multiple victims in a crime spree.
The first incident took place late Saturday night on Douglas Street near Oltorf Street in Southeast Austin.
The next just across the river on Lambie Street near Holly Street and Interstate 35 after midnight. Then over to a pair of robberies on 10th Street, one on East 3rd Street after closing time at the bars. And then Sunday night back on 10th Street.
The robbers are targeting people in the street, likely as they return to their cars. Lambie Street is strictly public parking.
The victims have reported the robbers wear masks, in many cases, a 'Jason' style mask to cover their faces
"We heard that it had been happening everywhere here on the east side," Mariana Rebolloso said.
It's news that worries Mariana, a mom with young children. One of the robberies happened right in front of her home, in the 1400 block of East 3rd Street.
"I always have my kids outside," she said. "I'm with them too, but I don't have faith to have my kids outside no more by themselves."
Austin police say three or four suspects are involved. In each incident, two robbers approach people on the street wearing the hockey mask or one called a "vendetta" mask. Each shows a gun. Then they take money and belongings.
Mariana says on weekend nights especially, her street fills with potential targets.
"They usually park here, and they leave their cars here because they go to the bars and everything," she said.
An unfortunate invitation for crime.
Police have some varying descriptions of the car involved in these crimes. Still, the one common denominator is the masks.
Suspect descriptions are vague but one robber has been described as having a shaved head with a white Mohawk and piercings.
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