TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - An alleged robber has been arrested, according to Tucson Police officials, and may be connected to several other robberies over the last few months.
On July 17 a man approached the counter at the Compass Bank inside the Albertsons at 6363 E. 22nd Street, handed the teller a note that allegedly demanded money and threatened harm. According to police officials the man received an undisclosed amount of money and then fled the store.
TPD officers responding to the scene received information about the suspect having traveled to 5300 block of E. Baker Street. Officers went to the location, found the suspect, and took him into custody. After further investigation the suspect, identified as Sharod Austin, was arrested on robbery charges.
After Austin was handcuffed and detained by police he tried to run, TPD officials stated. Officers were able to catch him again quickly, but one officer was hurt in the process, breaking an ankle.
Further investigation by TPD detectives revealed that Austin was a suspect in several other robberies since late June.
Austin is alleged to have robbed a Dairy Queen at 5752 E. 22nd Street, and a US Bank on June 28; as well as two other robbery incidents on June 29 – one an attempted robbery at the Coffee Exchange at 2443 N. Campbell Ave. and the other an armed robbery of a Wienerschnitzel at 5765 E. Broadway Blvd. according to TPD officials.
No one was injured during any of the robbery incidents, police said.
Austin is currently in TPD custody and has been charged with two counts each of robbery, aggravated assault, armed robbery; as well as one count each of attempted armed robbery and escape in the second degree, all are felony charges according to TPD.
According to Tucson Police, detectives are still investigating whether Austin is connected to any additional robberies in the Tucson area.