Police: String of Robberies May Have Common Thread

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

Police say a string of robberies less than a mile apart in College Station may have been committed by the same person.

Paula Luera, 22, is a Texas A&M University senior. She's lived at the same home on Holik Drive near Anderson for about three years, and she said the news of an armed robbery just outside her home is frightening.

"I used to ride the bus pretty late at night. Now I'm not going to do that again," Luera said.

Police said around 9 p.m. Tuesday, two people were walking along Holik Drive when a man with a gun approached them and demanded cash.

The would-be robber ran off before he could get anything. Chuck Fleeger with the College Station Police Department wouldn't say why he ran off, but he did say investigators think this case may be related to two other recent cases.

"It's certainly a possibility. The descriptions are very similar," said Fleeger.

About a week before the Holik case, and less than a mile away, police said a Texas A&M student was robbed by a man with a gun outside the Red Stone Apartments on Barthelow Drive near Brentwood Drive. This time, the robber got away with some of the victim's cash, credit cards and a cell phone.

On Sunday, December 8, investigators said another student was robbed in the parking lot at the Cedar Ridge Apartments on Southwest Parkwa near Anderson.

None of the victims were hurt, but Fleeger said the description of the bad guy sounds strangely familiar.

"The clothing description is slightly different that the previous offenses. The physical description, while general in nature, is very similar," said Fleeger.

The description of the suspect isn't much. A man weighing around 175 pounds and about 5 feet 7 inches tall. In each case, police said the man had a silver, semi-automatic handgun.

Police said they've stepped up patrols in the area until they can track the person responsible down. Fleeger warn to be careful if you live in the area and venture outside.

"Always be aware of your surroundings," said Fleeger. "Try to walk in well-lit areas, try to avoid walking in areas that are unfamiliar to you. If something does happen, try to be as observant as possible."

Fleeger said if you find yourself in a bad situation, to comply with the robbers demands.

"There's no property that's worth being harmed over," said Fleeger.

If you have any information about these cases, you're asked to give police a call.

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