AUSTIN (KXAN) — Police are looking for a man who threatened to kill a woman and her young child unless she gave him all her money.
APD released an image of a suspect they want to track down after the incident, which happened in the parking lot of an H-E-B at 6900 Brodie Lane in south Austin at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 7. The photo shows the suspect in the aisle of an H-E-B, wearing a black, blue and white striped shirt and jeans.
In a Wednesday briefing, Det. Steven Nash says the woman was able to run away from the suspect. Nash says that while the suspect took off on foot, it’s not yet known if he lives in that area. But he is, however, believed to frequent the area.
“We don’t know much about this individual at all. We don’t know the method he’s using. We don’t even know where he lives or his living status. So there are so many unknowns that that’s what makes me worry,” Detective Nash said.
The suspect is described as a black male, aged in his 20s, about 5’7″ tall with a teardrop tattoo under his left eye.
“There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the individual,” said Nash. “However, this man has a tear drop tattoo under his left eye — which should be very distinctive.”
Nash said while there was no weapon displayed, the crime is considered a felony robbery by threat.
Anyone with information should contact APD at (512) 974-5092 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.
A spokesperson for HEB’s Public affairs office said HEB is fully cooperating with APD and are providing everything detectives need, including the surveillance video.
There have been several crimes reported at and within a 1000 ft. radius of that HEB on Brodie Lane, according to Austin Police Department records.
While most of the incidents were shoplifting, theft and criminal mischief charges, there were two aggravated assaults and one assault by threat within the last three months.
Felicia Pena, the public affairs manager for the HEB Central Texas region, said the retailer takes customer safety very seriously. The grocery giant will continue to monitor their parking lots and the loss prevention team will provide security on premises.
Pena said if you ever feel threatened or find yourself in a similar situation, you should locate a store manager immediately.