Police: UT student pepper-sprayed, robbed of cell phone in central Austin


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A University of Texas at Austin student was robbed of their cell phone Wednesday night in central Austin. Police are still searching for the robber.

The UT Police Department says it happened around 11:30 p.m. at Adams-Hemphill Neighborhood Park.

Austin Police responded to the report near 100 East 27th Street, UTPD says. The student reported the robber attacked them with pepper spray and stole their cell phone.

The Austin Police Department released more information about the robbery Friday, saying the student was a woman, and the suspect approached her and had a conversation with her before taking control of her phone. APD said the suspect then assaulted her as she tried to get her phone back.

Officers looked for the suspect at the time, according to UTPD, but they didn’t find him.

The suspect is described as a man in his mid-20s with an East Asian accent, who is about 5’10” with a lanky build, narrow face and brown curly hair. He was wearing a puffy jacket with the hood on and an N95 mask, according to UTPD.

UTPD says it’s investigating the robbery. If anyone has details, you can call the department at (512) 471-4441 and select extension 9.

APD is also asking for help in finding the suspect. You’re asked to call the APD Robbery tip line at (512) 974-5092 if you have any information.

This comes after a man was taken to the hospital after a shooting late Sunday night in West Campus. While the victim in the shooting isn’t affiliated with UT, officials say, parents of students are still calling for more safety efforts around campus.

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