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Two juveniles in custody afte alleged armed robbery attempt in Austin

Two juvenile males are in custody after an alleged armed robbery attempt in Austin late Friday evening.

Chief of Police Dave McKichan reported that officers received a report at approximately 10:44 p.m. Friday evening from a 61-year-old taxi driver who told authorities that two individuals attempted to rob him at gunpoint in the 600 block of 3rd Avenue Northwest. He stated that he drove to the area believing he was picking someone up when the individuals approached the vehicle.  Chief McKichan stated that one of the individuals struck the man in the face with what he believed to be a handgun and demanded money from him.

The driver stated that he did not give them any money and drove to another location to call the police.

During the investigation, police found a neighbor in the area that had a Ring doorbell surveillance camera that captured elements of the incident. They also followed footprints that led to a residence in the 600 block of 2nd Avenue Northwest.

Police established a perimeter around the residence and were awaiting a search warrant when a 15-year-old male who matched the one of the suspects seen on the surveillance footage exited the residence. McKichan stated that officers detained him and found a BB gun that resembled a handgun on his personage.

A second male who was not involved in the incident exited the residence, followed by a 17-year-old male who matched the other suspect seen on the surveillance footage. The 17-year-old was then also detained.

Both suspects were transported to Many Rivers Juvenile Detention Center in Rochester, where they are awaiting a court appearance.


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