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Cedar Park police stress caution after recent “jugging” incident

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The Cedar Park police are reminding citizens to be aware of their surroundings after a recent “jugging” incident in which criminals follow a person out of a bank to rob them.

According to a media alert from Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix, the incident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. on May 30 at at an apartment complex on the 1600 block of S. Lakeline Blvd. Police responded to the scene where the victim, a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran, was followed from Chase Bank at 1485 Cypress Creek Road to his nearby apartment complex.

As the victim was walking from his vehicle to an apartment, he was hit in the back of the head and knocked to the ground. The suspect continued to hit him in the abdomen before stealing an envelope with $500 cash from the victim’s pocket. The suspect then got into a black vehicle and left the area.

A review of apartment surveillance showed that the suspect vehicle may be a Honda Civic with paper plates.

The victim was helping a friend move at the time. He received medical treatment and is currently recovering from injuries.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 30 years of age, around 6 feet tall and roughly 170 pounds. A sketch of the suspect is available. The victim said there may have been another black male in the vehicle but was unable to provide further details.

Citizens are encouraged to share any details they may have with the Cedar Park Police Department. Anonymous tips may also be submitted by texting the keyword CPPD and the tip to 847411 or use the CPPD Tips app available for download on your phone. Please reference Case # 1805-0509 in your message.

Mannix recommends, “to be aware of your surroundings, conceal any cash before leaving a bank, do not hide cash in your car and watch for people following you. If you suspect you are being targeted, call 911 so a dispatcher can pinpoint your location and respond accordingly.”

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