AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman attacked at her car in the downtown parking garage of Book People kicked the would-be robber in the crotch and screamed. The assailant ran and later stabbed one security guard before being arrested, according to an arrest affidavit.
On June 11, police said 24-year-old Ivan Villegas attacked a woman getting into her car in the parking garage behind Book People, a large book store located near the intersection of North Lamar Boulevard and 6th Street.
The victim told police Villegas grabbed her arm from behind as she was unlocking her car and told her to “get in the back of your car. I am not going to hurt you,” according to the affidavit. The victim said she thought Villegas might try to rape her, so she kicked him in the groin and stomach and screamed for help causing him to run away, according to the affidavit.
Two security guards with Tri Shield Security and Investigations LLC, Kelton Baker and Daniel Sanders, later found Villegas crouched behind a car. Villegas told the security guards he was searching for a woman who had screamed.
“He was sweating pretty hard, and something just didn’t seem right about the situation,” said Baker.
Baker got word a woman had just reported an attempted robbery and realized he was looking at the suspect.
The officers brought the victim to Villegas and she identified Villegas as the man that attacked her.
Baker says once Villegas realized they were on to him, he made a run for it.
“I was able to grab him by the back of the shirt,” said Baker. “Pretty much tackled him to the ground here on [Henderson] Street. We had him pinned down pretty good in the street, but that’s when he was able to free one of his arms and get the weapon.”
Baker says the suspect cut his partner in the leg, and they backed off, but he chased after Villegas for a couple of blocks until Austin Police showed up.
“He’d injured my coworker and attempted to assault the lady, so he needed to be caught,” said Baker.
Austin Police later caught Villegas running up Nueces Street near the intersection of 9th Street. They arrested him and later found a knife he allegedly threw away, according to the affidavit.
Sanders had to get some staples in his leg from the stab wound. Baker said his partner is OK and will be back to work soon.
Villegas told detectives he was attempting to rob the female victim in the parking lot. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a security officer, both first-degree felonies, and one count of attempted robbery, a third-degree felony, according to an arrest warrant.