Man tries to rob Randalls, gives up, robs nearby bank instead, police say

Feb 07, 2018

5:30 p.m. update: A man demanded money from the teller at the drive-thru pharmacy window of a Northwest Austin Randalls on Wednesday before he gave up and robbed a nearby bank instead, Austin police said. 

The man approached the Randalls drive-thru window on foot around 6 p.m. and demanded cash, but he did not walk away from that drugstore with any cash, police said. Instead, he walked away from the window and went into a Wells Fargo bank in the same strip mall at Research Boulevard and Braker Lane.

He entered the bank and demanded money, then left with an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. He didn’t display a weapon.

Officers found a man nearby who matched the description witnesses gave — a man wearing camouflage clothes, dark jeans and a beanie — and took him into custody.

Police have not yet released that suspect’s name. Austin police robbery detectives are currently investigating the case.

Earlier: Austin police are responding to a bank robbery in Northwest Austin.

Austin Police Department Photo: AMERICAN-STATESMAN file photo/Jessalyn Tamez

Police received reports of the robbery at 3:06 p.m. in the 10900 block of Research Boulevard.

Additional details on the incident were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back soon for more information.