WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — An unusual robbery stemming from a car crash ended up with two Williamson County Sheriff’s Office deputies involved in a high-speed chase Sunday night. But after 20 minutes at speeds reaching more than 100 miles per hour, they called off the chase and let the men go.
“It’s not easy to terminate pursuits but it is easy when we know we’re putting the public at risk,” said Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody.
The two suspects weren’t armed, at least not with a gun. The chain reaction started when police say the victim rear-ended the suspects on Ronald Reagan Boulevard near Elizabeth Park Boulevard. The cars then pulled over onto the shoulder.
Chody says that is when one of the suspects suggested they pull off the road into the Santa Rita Ranch subdivision. In fact, Chody says one of the men got into the victim’s car and drove it to the subdivision with the victim in the passenger seat, while the other suspect followed in their car.
Once they got out to check the damage to their vehicle, that’s when police say the men pulled out a wrench, threatened the victim, demanded his cash and took off. They got away with $50 after disabling the victim’s car battery.
“[They] asked the victim not to call police due to marijuana being in the car and they didn’t want to get into trouble for something small,” explains Chody. “Anytime first of all, that anybody is acting suspicious, or you may seem like it’s suspicious, call 911.”
The victim’s girlfriend who was in a separate car — at a distance — got the license plate number. Leander police spotted the vehicle and that’s when the chase started.
“A DPS helicopter located the suspect vehicle in Bertram where we think the vehicle crashed at,” explains Chody. Chody believes the men ran away, however, K-9 units didn’t find anything.
The suspects are described as white men, about 30 years old, and both were wearing gray t-shirts and black shorts at the time of the robbery. One of the men had blonde hair pulled back in a short ponytail. The other man is described as having short brown hair, with a fresh cut on his lip and bad teeth.