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Knife-wielding man attacking women in local parking lots

Knife-wielding man attacking women in local parking lots

UPDATE: Police said Thursday they have arrested a man suspected of being behind a series of robberies.

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KVUE — Police said Wednesday that a knife-wielding serial robber is targeting women in store parking lots, attacking six women in three days, including one who was holding a 2-year-old child at the time of the robbery.

Austin police said the man is using a large kitchen knife to threaten women.

According to police, the attacks started the morning of Sunday, November 9. The suspect stole the victim's rental car, a 2013 gray Toyota Corolla, from the parking lot of the Target on Interstate 35 near 51st Street. Police said the man has been using the stolen rental car. The man allegedly robbed a woman at the H-E-B on East Riverside Drive on Sunday night.

Police said on Monday morning, the man robbed a woman at the Fiesta off I-35, then another woman at the Wal-Mart off U.S. Highway 183 near 290. Less than an hour later, police said he robbed someone at the H-E-B on North Lamar Boulevard. Around 5:15 pm Tuesday, police believe the suspect struck again, at the Central Market on South Lamar Boulevard.

Police described the suspect as a white man between 50 and 60 years old. He is about 6 feet tall with a thin build, blue or green eyes, salt and pepper hair and a scruffy beard and mustache. Investigators said they believe he may be a transient and uses drugs.

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Austin Police knife suspect
Austin Police have released this photo of the suspect.  Austin Police Department