AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man allegedly tied to a string of robberies is in the hospital after police say they fired their weapons at him when he pulled a gun out in north Austin Sunday morning.
Glenn Austin Miles, 51, faces an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charge.
Police say they think Miles is tied to a string of robberies. They say he would steal a car, use it in a robbery and then would ditch the car.
On Sept. 4 around 10:46 p.m., a Monarch Food Mart at 1402 E. 38 1/2 St. employee told police a man, later identified as Miles, picked up beer and set it on the counter before coming around and threatening the employee with a gun.
Miles allegedly told the employee to open the cash register and then he took the money inside, according to an affidavit. Surveillance video showed him getting into a silver Toyota 4Runner and driving off.
“He grabbed a six pack of Modelo, brought it up to the counter, and just walked around and came behind the counter, flashed a gun. Took all the money, and he left.” the clerk, Pascal Guatam told KXAN. “It was scary. I’ve never seen a gun so close.”
Miles was also involved in two carjackings, one of which, at 4300 West William Cannon Dr., involved a silver Toyota 4Runner. “The suspect most likely had driven himself to the location, carjacked a vehicle, committed a robbery and returned the carjacked car and got back into his vehicle,” the affidavit said. Police later discovered the Toyota was registered to Miles.
Police were searching for the Toyota when they got word of the other carjacking Sunday at a motel at 8010 N. I-35. Shortly after, a call came in about a robbery at a convenience store on North Lamar Blvd., which is a few miles from the hotel. The employee told police his iPhone had been taken, and used a tracking app to find the phone and the stolen car abandoned a few blocks away.
Police returned to the motel where the second carjacking had taken place and found the Toyota parked at a nearby hotel at 8210 N. I-35. They say Miles was working under the Toyota’s hood, but then drove out of the parking lot while officers waited for backup.
Officers followed him to the parking lot of another motel at 8312 N. I-35. Chief Brian Manley says officers approached him and Miles began evading them.
“Two of the officers immediately observed him produce a firearm from the waistband area, and at that point they fired their weapons,” Manley said in a press conference Sunday. “Each officer was carrying an AR-15 rifle.”
Miles was taken to the hospital where he is having surgery but is in stable condition, Manley said Sunday.
When officers ran a background check on Miles, they found he had a violent past. They also found that the Cedar Park Police Department had issued a BOLO alert for Miles to other law enforcement agencies a few days prior, after his family had reported him missing and suicidal. Officers believed he could be dangerous, because they say he’d had a past in Cedar Park with drugs and domestic violence.
One sergeant who has been with the department for 21 years and one officer, who has been with Austin police for six years, shot at the suspect. They have been placed on administrative leave following the shooting, which is normal protocol.
None of the officers were injured.