Police search for pair of armed carjacking suspects

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin police are looking for suspects responsible for two carjackings this month.

The first incident happened March 7 on Grove Street in front of Austin Community College’s Riverside Campus.

Police say a student was sitting in their car when two men with handguns tapped on the window and told the student to get out of the car.

The student complied, and police say the men drove off. The car police are looking for in that instance is a blue 2005 Toyota Solara with a tan convertible top.

ACC sent out a notice to students like Nelson Singh who parks right off the campus everyday.

“It’s a school, there’s police patrolling, I didn’t think it would happen here ever,” said ACC student Nelson Singh. “I’m actually thinking about going and buying a ticket in the parking lot now that actually got me worried.”

St. Edwards University officials alerted their students about a similar carjacking that happened a couple miles away from campus.

The second carjacking happened on Saturday in the 2200 block of Mission Hill Drive. Police say a situation similar to the first incident unfolded.

Police managed to get a hold of the car in the second instance, but they’re unsure whether the two cases are connected.

Austin Police are warning everyone to stay alert and park in well lit areas.

“If you can, exit the area in your vehicle, get out of there,” said APD officer Veneza Bremner. “If you can’t then draw as much attention to yourself as you can by sounding your horn or flashing your lights if you’re in the dark.”

But Police say to remember, your property is never worth losing your life over. APD says finding that Toyota stolen from the ACC student could help them link the two crimes.

Police say the carjackers were also seen driving a tan four-door sedan, similar to a Honda Civic.

The suspects are described as two Hispanic males or light skinned African American males in their late teens or early twenties around 5’9″.

If you have any information you are told to contact Austin Police.

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