January 16, 2014

Arlington police seek gunman in about 16 robberies

The 16 robberies have occurred in apartment complex parking lots near Brown Boulevard in northeast Arlington, police said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding an armed robber who they believe is responsible for 16 holdups since early November on the city’s northeast side.

The people robbed have been consistent in their description of the robber and his actions, said Tiara Richard, a police spokeswoman. They say he is a thin black man with a light complexion who wears a hooded sweatshirt, displays a small handgun and flees on foot, Richard said.

The robberies have occurred in apartment complex parking lots near Brown Boulevard, Richard said.

The first robbery was reported on Nov. 3. Just after midnight, two women were approached by the man in an apartment breezeway in the 2400 block of Silverbrook Lane.

“He showed a small handgun and demanded their cell phones,” Richard said. “The young women gave the man their cell phones.”

Detectives have worked with apartment complex managers to warn residents. Police have hosted community meetings and posted fliers in the area, Richard said.

“Patrol officers have saturated the area with both high visibility and undercover operations,” Richard said. “To date, these efforts have not led to the identification of a suspect.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Donald Fulbright at 817 459-5628, or Crime Stoppers at 817-469-8477. Callers can remain anonymous, and they might be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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