3 students robbed at gunpoint near LASA High School campus

Kelvin Holmes accused of robbing students near LASA High School (Courtesy: Austin Police)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Three students were robbed at gunpoint near the LASA High School campus on Thursday afternoon.

The aggravated robbery happened around 4:30 p.m. less than one mile away from the school at the Crystal Brook Drive and Purple Sage Drive intersection. The victims told police the suspect, 17-year-old Kelvin Holmes, approached them and demanded they give him marijuana. When the victims said no, the affidavit states, the suspect took a gun out of his pants and pointed it at the students.

Holmes allegedly demanded they hand over their cellphones, and wallets. The students were released by the suspect after they gave Holmes their belongings and flagged down an AISD police officer who was passing by.

The suspect was immediately detained by the officer. The small pink handgun used to rob the students was not loaded during the incident, according to the affidavit.

All of the items taken from the students were returned. No one was injured in the robbery.

The school district released the following statement to parents and students:

“We are glad our students are safe and we commend our officer for acting quickly and resolving the situation peacefully. As extra precaution, Austin ISD police will increase patrols near campus on Friday, Nov. 18.”

If you have any questions you are asked to call LASA at (512)414-5272.

Holmes is in custody at the Travis County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

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