Cedar Park police on announced a trio of arrests in last week’s shooting death of a member of the U.S. Air Force.
In a press conference Monday afternoon, Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix said three teenagers killed 22-year-old Airman 1st Class Robert Burroughs on Jan. 20 in a “senseless and cowardly” act while out on a robbery spree.
Elanna Jena Wilkes, 19, Cornelius Martin, 18, and Darius Burdett-Hornsby, 19, were arrested in conjunction with the shooting and were being held in the Travis County Jail.
Burroughs arrived at Lakeline Villas Apartments in Cedar Park about 9:15 p.m. on Jan. 20 and was reportedly shot in the neck after exiting his vehicle. Police responded to a call for shots fired and found Burroughs’ wife attempting chest compressions, according to witnesses.
Air Force Personnel Center records indicate that Burroughs recently graduated from the Defense Language Institute in California and was on temporary duty as a student with the 316th Training Squadron at Goodfellow Air Force Base near San Angelo, Texas, while waiting for dispatch to his first duty assignment. A private funeral was held in Pflugerville over the weekend.
Police said the three teenagers arrested in the case are suspected of committing two other robberies in Austin on the same night. Video footage collected from businesses near the shooting location showed a vehicle registered to Wilkes exiting the parking lot after the shooting.
Wilkes and Martin were arrested on warrants during a traffic stop in Killeen on Jan. 24. Burdett-Hornsby was arrested on warrants the following day.
“His life was taken by a group that appears to have gone out with the sole purpose of robbing people at gunpoint that night,” Mannix said.
Police declined to say which suspect is believed to have pulled the trigger, but noted that the suspects were scheduled to be transported to Williamson County Jail where they will face murder charges.
In a city where safety is a priority and is often cited as a factor fueling the area’s rapid growth, police made the announcement of arrests in this case on the heels of a second shooting death in less than a week. A Leander ISD school teacher was shot to death last weekend in Cedar Park.
Mannix said in his six years at the Cedar Park Police Department, the Burroughs shooting is the first felony case with a death involving individuals who did not know each other.
Police spokesperson Alicia Inns said only two homicides were reported in Cedar Park in all of 2018.