SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — San Marcos police have arrested a woman and two teenage girls for attacking and robbing a Texas State University student Monday evening.
At around 7:45 p.m., officers responded to the Walmart at 1015 State Highway 80 for a report of an aggravated robbery. The 21-year-old victim told police two females got out of a vehicle in the parking lot, approached her and demanded her purse. When she refused, one of the two hit her on the head, knocking her to the ground and taking her purse.
The victim had minor injuries, but was not taken to the hospital. Surveillance video shows the vehicle cruising around the parking lot 15-20 minutes before the robbery. Investigators believe the women were looking for a victim.
Five hours later, a vehicle matching the description given to police was spotted at a convenience store in the 2000 block of Interstate 35, just south of River Ridge Parkway. Miguel Saucedo III, 24, and Kimberly Valdez, 23, were arrested on unrelated charges, including possession of a controlled substance, prohibited weapon (metal knuckles) and drug paraphernalia.
Tuesday morning, detectives located the two teenage girls they believe were involved in the robbery with Valdez. A 15-year-old was detained in the 100 block of Columbia Street and a 16-year-old was detained at San Marcos High School. Both were taken to the juvenile detention center where the teenagers and Valdez were charged with aggravated robbery.
Police say they have no evidence that the attack was gang-related, but that Saucedo, Valdez and the two teenagers are all acquaintances. Officers found the stolen purse at the home of one of the girls.
“This case is a wonderful example of why criminals should think twice about committing violent crimes like this within the city of San Marcos,” said Chief of Police Chase Stapp.