SKETCH: Suspect followed Vietnam vet from bank, beat him and stole $500

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Bank jugging sketch Cedar Park

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A 68-year-old man was getting out of his vehicle and walking to his apartment in Cedar Park last month when he was hit on the back of his head, knocked to the ground and robbed by a suspect who followed him from a nearby bank. 

Cedar Park police say the victim was followed by the suspect from the Chase Bank at 1485 Cypress Creek Rd. to the Red Stone Ranch apartments at 1600 S. Lakeline Blvd. around 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30.

Police say, after knocking the victim to the ground, the suspect continued to hit him in the abdomen before grabbing an envelope with $500 cash from his pocket.

The police department released a sketch of the suspect Wednesday. He is described as a black male, around 30 years old, 6-foot and roughly 170 pounds.

Surveillance video shows the suspect drove away in what may be a black Honda Civic with paper plates.

The victim, who is described by CPPD as a Vietnam veteran who was at the apartment complex helping a friend move, is recovering from his injuries.

There may have been another black male in the suspect vehicle, the victim said.

Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to contact Detective Marie Reinarz at 512-260-4880 or marie.reinarz@cedarparktexas.gov.

You can also submit an anonymous tip by texting the keyword CPPD and your tip to 847411 or use the CPPD Tips app available for download on your phone. Please reference Case #1805-0509.

Two men were arrested in connection to another Cedar Park bank jugging case on May 1. Jaquis Washington, 28, and Chrisholl Lewis, 27, are accused of breaking into a car and stealing $850 in cash. A third man involved ran away before he could be arrested. 

The department says they want to remind residents of the dangers of “bank jugging,” in which victims are followed by suspects planning on robbing them as soon as they leave a bank.

Be aware of your surroundings when leaving a bank and remember to conceal any cash before leaving. Do not hide cash in your car and watch for people following you, police urged.

If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911. 

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