AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lawrence Faz is charged with the first-degree felony of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon, accused of breaking into an apartment before then heading to another complex altogether and threatening people at knifepoint. Police say the incidents happened within a couple of hours early Saturday morning at two North Austin apartment complexes across the street from each other.
Police first got a 911 call reporting a burglary and robbery at 2015 Cedar Bend Drive at 2:48 a.m., where Faz allegedly broke in and threatened two roommates with a weapon. One of the roommates told police he managed to chase Faz out of his apartment with a sword and an antique gun. The roommates told police they were playing video games inside their apartment when Faz knocked on the front door. When one of roommates opened door and looked outside, no one was there. They told police Faz suddently ran from around the corner and charged the doorway, forcing one of the roommates back into the living room.
According to a police report, Faz yelled “Get on the ground. I have a gun!” and demanded money, though the roommate told him he didn’t have any money. The other roommate told police he came out of his room to see what all the commotion was about and saw Faz standing over his roommate lying on the living room floor. Faz allegedly told him he had a gun and demanded money, but the roommate went back into his bedroom, closing the door and holding it shut.
Grabbing the sword and gun, the roommate told police he confronted Faz in the living room and called 911 immediately after Faz ran off.
Just more than two hours later, police got a call at 5:10 a.m. about an aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon just across the street at 12166 Metric Boulevard. Two people told police they were standing outside their apartment smoking a cigarette when Faz approached them and asked for a cigarette. He allegedly brandished a knife and demanded money, drugs and anything else they had with them.
Police say both were in fear for their lives because Faz was “waving the knife and held it to” one of their throats. At one point, Faz allegedly swung the knife at the person’s face, “causing a minor visible injury to his left cheek.”
That’s when Faz’s brother showed up and told him to stop, according to police. The people who were attacked told police they believed Faz would have stabbed and killed them if his brother had not gotten there and told him to stop. They also told police they saw Faz go into a nearby apartment.
A woman answered the door when police knocked, and they reportedly saw Faz and his brother inside. Next to Faz was the red sweatshirt he had been described to be wearing and a large silver knife next to it, according to police.
“The knife had a stain on the edge of the blade consistent with blood,” a police report says.
Police arrested Faz, who they say told his brother not to open the door for police because he did not want to go back to jail.