Violent purse snatchings have police looking for suspects

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Austin police are looking for two men they say are responsible for attacking women and stealing their purses. It happened last month but the suspects are still out there and police are afraid it could happen again.

The suspects seem to be targeting women walking alone and it is happening in different parts of Austin.

Police identified the two purse snatchers as Sergio Garcia and Nicholas Luna.  However, they don’t have any pictures of the two because they’re not yet in custody

Surveillance video from an attack on Barton Springs Road shows a dark car pull up waiting for a woman to cross the street. The suspect jumps out of the car, grabs the purse and throws her to the ground.

An hour later, the men attacked another woman on Rosewood Avenue, detectives said. In that case, she was punched and hit in the head several times before the suspects drove away.

Nearby business owners tell KXAN they hope police catch these criminals before they strike again.

“A little bit more of a police presence in this area would be great,” said Mike Baldwin, the owner of Zax Restaurant. “It never hurts…you never know where something’s going to happen around town. We like people to feel safe and walk around the area and enjoy Austin.”

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