Knife-wielding hotel robber sought by police

Hotel robbery suspect

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who robbed a hotel employee at knifepoint is being sought by authorities after committing crimes at a pair of North Austin hotels in July.

The man first entered the Holiday Inn, 14620 N. Interstate 35, about 9:45 a.m. on July 10. He then robbed a housekeeper inside a room while pointing a knife at her, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office said.

About an hour later at a nearby hotel, he again pointed a knife at a housekeeper. Austin police said the woman managed to get away unharmed.

The thinly-built black man in his late teens or early 20s standing about 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had short cornrows and was last seen wearing dark colored pants and a dark hoodie with white draw strings, and black shoes.

Anyone with information about the suspect or these cases are asked to call Det. Sylvia Leal at 512-854-3426. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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