AUSTIN (KXAN) – A couple faces several charges after bringing their baby to armed robberies.
According to court documents, Victor Castano and Lucy Nguyen met up with a man to buy his iPhone 5 off of Craigslist back in September. The victim told police he met the duo in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 700 block of William Cannon Drive. The victim climbed into the Castano’s car and told officers he felt better after noticing there was a woman and a baby inside.
The victim told officers his phone rang and when he pulled it out of his pocket to look at it he felt a gun barrel against his neck.
“You can’t be serious, you really gonna shoot me over a phone?” the victim asked.
“You gotta do what you gotta do to survive and feed my baby,” the suspect replied and then demanded the victim put the phone on the dashboard and get out of the car. The victim complied and the suspects sped off.
The victim flagged down an APD officer moments later to report the robbery.
After the robbery, the victim told his girlfriend about the incident and described the suspect saying he only knew him by the name “Victor.” His girlfriend said she went to school with a Victor who had a similar physical appearance. She logged onto Facebook to show the victim pictures of the man, who the victim identified as the man who robbed him.
A few days after the robbery, the victim got a call from a friend saying Victor had been arrested in another incident involving a handgun. APD records show Victor and Nguyen were arrested after that incident.
In that case, police say Nguyen and Castano brought the baby and a gun to a tattoo parlor in East Austin. Nguyen admitted to officers she pistol whipped the tattoo parlor worker.
In addition to a child endangerment charge, the pair also each face aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon charges.
If convicted, Castano and Nguyen could face up to 99 years in jail.