AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is accused of holding a UPS driver at gunpoint, making him drive to a new location and then stealing his wallet and phone. Two other people also face charges of kidnapping and robbery in the case.
The victim was delivering packages on his route June 21 when he arrived at the 1300 block of Rosewood Avenue in east Austin. A man, later identified as 23-year-old Christopher Earl Martin, holding a handgun confronted him and told him to get inside the UPS truck, according to an affidavit.
Martin allegedly called someone on his phone as he directed the victim to drive about 10 miles away to West Braker Lane near Metric Boulevard where they parked in an alley behind some duplexes. The affidavit says Martin took the victim’s iPhone and wallet, talked with a man, later identified as 31-year-old Edward Earl Johnson Jr, in a blue Cadillac parked nearby. He then told the delivery driver to hand him packages from the back of the truck.
“Martin opened several packages but appeared to be dissatisfied with their contents,” the affidavit said. “Martin did not take any items out of the boxes he opened.” Martin left with just the victim’s wallet and phone.
Police received a call from a witness who was inside the Cadillac and reported the robbery. They also looked at the victim’s credit card activity and were able to get surveillance video of Martin filling up the tank of the Cadillac. Later that day, an attempted charge from Texas Foot Locker showed up, and the manager told police a woman, later identified as 30-year-old Michelle Macias, tried to buy shoes but the card was declined because she didn’t have the PIN.
Macias was arrested on a warrant of credit card abuse, and told police on July 10 Martin and Johnson had talked about committing a robbery June 21 and Johnson had given Martin a handgun.
Macias is in custody in the Travis County Jail, Johnson bonded out and Martin is not in custody as of Thursday.