FBI: Man in custody after heisted a food truck in Austin
Federal allegations are prosecuted based on escalating or serious violent crimes, offenses that exceed jurisdictional boundaries, and serial crimes.
Austin, Texas – – On Tuesday, the FBI confirmed that a man they believe had robbed a taco truck at gunpoint in northeast Austin was in custody.
FBI Special Agent Michelle Lee told FOX 7 Austin that someone was taken into custody over the weekend in response to an “ongoing crime” by the FBI and local law enforcement agencies.
Rogelio Lozano, owner of Jefes Tacos, received word from an Austin police detective on Tuesday. “That was definitely a huge relief and I told my staff about it. You can breathe again, ”he said.
A law enforcement source tells FOX 7 Austin that the suspect is being held on a blue warrant for a violation of parole. On Tuesday, Special Agent Lee confirmed the man was being held on “other charges” but was unable to elaborate. “We hope you caught the right person. It’s still an open investigation, ”Lozano said.
East Austin taco truck armed robbery on camera
The armed robbery of an East Austin taco truck has been caught on surveillance video, and the owner hopes its release will result in an arrest. (Courtesy Rogelio Lozano from Jefes Tacos)
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On Tuesday, Lee said the FBI was reviewing the evidence on the case. She said the agency is talking to the U.S. law firm to see if the suspect will face federal charges.
Federal allegations are prosecuted based on escalating or serious violent crimes, offenses that exceed jurisdictional boundaries, and serial crimes. “I feel good because I was worried about this happening again,” said Lozano.
Though the case is far from closed, Lozano tells FOX 7 Austin that he finds solace in how it’s been handled. “A lot of people think no, we can’t involve the police, no, we cannot involve the media because nobody is doing anything. But hey, this is definitely a case where we prove otherwise. ”
He tells FOX 7 Austin that he is grateful for the community support.
Some customers have come forward to donate money to his employee who stole not only her tips but also her wallet in the robbery. The woman planned to send the money in her purse to her mother in Guatemala.
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