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2 men accused of robbing North Austin H-E-B customer in parking lot, police say


Two men have been accused of robbing an H-E-B shopper in the parking lot of the store on North Lamar Boulevard last week.

Austin police say a man asked the shopper for money as he exited the store at 9414 N. Lamar Blvd. shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to an arrest affidavit, the shopper said that he didn’t have money, and he continued walking to his car.

While the shopper was loading his groceries in the car, the two men approached the shopper with a knife, asking if he was sure he didn’t have any money, the affidavit said.

The two men began yelling at the victim, police said, but the victim’s limited English made it difficult to understand what they said. The men then took a gold chain worth $300 off the victim’s neck, police said.

They ran from the scene across Rundberg Lane toward the Austin Public Library, the affidavit said. The men were found and arrested by other police officers in the area after their description was given out, police said.

The men were identified by police as Joe Anthony Rodriguez and Gary Powell, both 25. They were charged with aggravated robbery and were being held Monday in the Travis County Jail on Monday. Rodriguez his being held with bail set at $75,000 and Powell is being held with bail set at $250,000.


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