Teen says he was shot when he thought he was meeting girl for sex

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A teen shot Aug. 13, 2018 was found at St. Merryn Road and Barns Trail in northeast Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A teen who was shot in the face thought he was meeting a girl for sex, but police say it appears to have been a ruse to rob him.

Syncere Lester, 17, is accused of aggravated robbery in the case. According to an affidavit, he was texting friends about “candidates” for a robbery on Aug. 13, and since they had issues with the victim in the past, they decided to target him.

Lester allegedly told his girlfriend to message the victim on Facebook to hang out that night. The girlfriend told police she met with the victim at Bluebonnet Trail Elementary School at 11316 Farmhaven Road. They went to a gas station and got condoms, then returned to the school grounds, the affidavit said. That’s when the girl ran off and three of Lester’s friends jumped out of a nearby ditch and shot the victim multiple times, the affidavit said. She met up with Lester, and his friends picked them up.

“One of the males mentioned that it was a ‘dry lick,'” the affidavit said. “A ‘dry lick’ is slang for a robbery where the person committing the robbery does not get anything from the victim.”

Around 11:35 p.m. police received a 911 call from the Harris Branch neighborhood and found the victim about a mile away from the school on the 1100 block of Barns Trail. The victim said a girl had “set him up,” the affidavit said. Police found multiple shell casings in the back area of the school.

“The victim had injuries to the left side of his face near his nose, left side of his back, right arm, right hand, left leg, and left side of abdomen,” the affidavit said. He is expected to be OK.

Police have questioned Lester, and he told them he sent a message to his friends about robbing the victim. He is not currently listed as being in custody.

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