Austin food truck robbery victim hits suspect with frying pan, hot oil

Austin police on Friday were looking for a man who had robbed two food trucks at gunpoint in the North Lamar neighborhood this week – including one that was hit with a pan and doused with hot oil.

The robberies took place a little over an hour apart on Monday, Austin police reported.

The first raid occurred at 1:10 a.m. on the 8800 block of North Lamar Boulevard.

Arriving officials learned that two Tortas y Tacos Dos Hermanos employees were closed for the night when they were approached by the robber. Police said the man held both employees at gunpoint and asked for money.

Then he walked east before jumping into a white limousine and driving off with an unknown amount of money.

The second robbery took place at 2:31 a.m. on the 400 block on East Rundberg Lane.

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According to police, the man approached four employees of the Taqueria la Chilanguita food stand, who had closed the restaurant for the night, and tried to rob them at gunpoint.

During the robbery, one of the employees hit the man with a pan and threw hot oil on him. The robber, said the police, quickly fled the scene.

No employees were injured in either of the armed robberies, the police said.

Police described the man as being between 5-foot-8 and 6 feet tall. He was last seen in black clothing and armed with a silver / black pistol

Police also said he was likely to be burned from the hot oil that was thrown on him.

Anyone with more information on this case can call the Austin Police at 512-974-5092.

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Natalie Neysa Alund is based in Nashville near The Tennessean and reports on breaking news from the south for the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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