Official: Juvenile suspect leads police on chase from Williamson to UT

  • Staff
  • American-Statesman staff
4:47 p.m Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 Local
Nick Wagner
A Texas DPS state trooper detains the driver in a pursuit that ended on San Jacinto Boulevard just outside of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas on Wednesday. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

WILLIAMSON COUNTY

Police chase ends in UT

The suspect behind the wheel of a two-hour police chase Wednesday night that began in Williamson County and ended on the University of Texas campus was likely a juvenile, Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody said.

The incident began when Williamson County deputies attempted to stop a vehicle in the Round Rock area. They believed that the boy had a history of committing burglaries, Chody said.

The chase began about 8 p.m. near Texas 29 and Interstate 35, near Georgetown. Troopers got the boy to stop about 10 p.m. Wednesday night inside the campus — at 21st Street and San Jacinto Boulevard — and took him into custody, Austin police said.

Williamson County deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers decided to end the chase about 9 p.m. due to safety concerns, but DPS troopers later resumed the chase on the road and via helicopter, following the suspect down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

— Katie Hall, American-Statesman

NORTHEAST AUSTIN

Police seeking masked bank robber

Austin police are searching for a man who robbed a Compass Bank in Northeast Austin on Thursday morning.

Police received reports of the robbery at 9:09 a.m. in the 5700 block of Cameron Road.

Officer Marcus Davis said a man wearing a ski mask walked into the bank, pulled a gun and demanded cash.

Davis said the robber left the bank and headed south on Cameron Road.

He was last seen wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans.

— American-Statesman Staff

NORTHWEST AUSTIN

Man accused of robbing bank, trying to rob Randalls ID’d

Austin police have identified a man who robbed a Wells Fargo bank and tried to rob a Randalls drive thru pharmacy Wednesday as 52-year-old Lyndel Smith.

Police say Smith first went to the Randalls at the 10900 block of Research Blvd., headed toward the drive thru pharmacy and demanded money while trying to force the window open. When he couldn’t, Smith left and ran toward a Wells Fargo located in the same strip mall, witnesses told police.

Smith threatened a teller and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. Officers detained him at a nearby bus stop and recovered the stolen cash, they said.

No one was injured in either incident, police said.

Smith is charged with two counts of robbery by threat, a second-degree felony punishable with up to 20 years in prison. He was in Travis County Jail on Thursday.

This is the eighth bank robbery this year, police said. The case is still being investigated and anyone with additional information is asked to contact Austin police at 512-974-5092 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman