18-year-old accused of using teen girls to lure victims in robberies

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police arrested an 18-year-old on Thursday after he was accused of using teen girls to lure victims in two east Austin robberies, police say.

The man arrested was identified as Eduardo Ramirez-Gonzalez.  

At about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Austin Police Department officers responded to a call in the 2000 block of East Third street, just east of Chicon Street.

Police spoke with one man who was visiting a friend that night. While sitting in his car, he says two girls approached his vehicle.

According to the affidavit, one of the girls asked to borrow his phone because she needed a ride, but he refused to hand her the phone and offered to make the call himself on her behalf.

He made the call, but no one answered, police say. Then, a black, four-door vehicle drove up. A man confirmed to be Ramirez got out of the vehicle and pointed a .40 caliber gun at the victim, telling him to get out of the car.

The victim stepped out of his vehicle, and after yelling, “I’m about to bust,” Ramirez allegedly fired a round from the gun into the air.

Police say he then took the victim’s cellphone from his hand, got into his car with the girl who asked for his phone moments earlier, and the two drove away from the scene. The man then called police about the incident from inside his friend’s home.

According to court documents, the man notified On Star that his car was stolen, and its GPS location was shared with officers so they could track it. 

The vehicle was later located near eastbound Ben White Boulevard service road and Todd Lane, and an officer followed it to 500 East Stassney Lane. There, the officer conducted a traffic stop and took both Ramirez and the minor into custody. 

Earlier the same night, another victim called Austin police saying a man stole his car.

Officers responded to the call at 11 p.m. in the 4600 block of Loyola Lane in east Austin.

The man was sitting in his car at a Walgreens when three women approached his truck.

One of the women knocked on the window and asked him in Spanish if he could give them a ride. He said no, according to court documents, but the woman kept asking.

He finally agreed to drive the women, but during the drive, the victim noted that the women would speak Spanish to him, but in English to each other. Plus, the woman in the passenger seat beside him was texting someone on her phone.

The women told the man to drive them to the Dattie Jordan Neighborhood Park in east Austin in the 4900 block of Loyola Lane.

Court documents say the victim was nervous about the situation and parked facing Manor Road.

A man, later identified as Ramirez, stepped out of a parked car as the women stepped out of the man’s truck, according to an affidavit. 

The woman in the passenger side had stepped out but was standing in the doorway until Ramirez leaned into the man’s vehicle, pointed a black semi-automatic gun, and demanded that the man give him everything he had, police said.

The man said no, according to the affidavit, then Ramirez pointed the gun at the victim’s head and threatened to kill him. 

Scared, the victim hit the gas and Ramirez jumped into the car. 

One of the women from the vehicle yelled at Ramirez to get out of the car, but he responded that he had dropped the gun.

The man and Ramirez allegedly fought over control of the steering wheel until they reached a Mobil gas station. There, the victim tried to jump out of the truck. He then felt Ramirez kick him in his back as he fell out of the vehicle.

Ramirez then got into the driver’s seat and sped out of the parking lot, according to police. 

Officers eventually connected the two incidents that happened in the same day while Ramirez was in custody. 

He is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

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