WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two men have been arrested in connection with an unusual robbery from June that ended with the suspects eluding deputies after a high-speed chase.
Cameron Allen Peschel, 26, faces an aggravated assault charge. The Williamson County Sheriff said another man was taken into custody by another agency but did not identify him.
According to authorities, the victim who was robbed rear-ended the suspects on Ronald Reagan Boulevard near Elizabeth Park Boulevard on June 10. They pulled off to the side of the road, and one of the suspects suggested they get off the main road entirely and go to the Santa Rita Ranch subdivision. One of the suspects even drove the victim’s car there, Sheriff Robert Chody said.
When they arrived, officials say one man pulled out a wrench and demanded money, driving off with $50 after disconnecting the victim’s car battery. Police got the license plate number from the victim’s girlfriend who was following in a separate car.
The owner of the car the two men were in told police she loaned her car to them earlier in the day. A text message from Peschel told the owner they were rear-ended and that “I hustled the kid that hit us for all the money in his wallet,” according to an affidavit.
After the car was returned to the owner, she started driving to Leander. A high-speed chase started and continued for about 20 minutes before deputies called it off because they feared it put the public at risk. The cars reached speeds of more than 100 mph. Leander police also chased and the pursuit ended in Burnet County, where the people inside ran off, the affidavit said.