Oh Austin. Must your efforts to keep weird extend even to armed robberies?
Apparently so. Last week, A-Town cops issued a warrant for Jose Alejandro Romero, a 17-year-old man who stands accused of injuring a gas station attendant while attempting to rob him with a caulk gun. And just for that little added twist of weirdness, police records say that the alleged assailant fled the scene with a male prostitute he'd been partying with for much of what sounds like a long and wild night.
According to an affidavit issued by the Travis County Sheriff's Office, 68-year-old Johnnie Limuel, a clerk at the Speedy Stop on East 51st Street, told police that a man in drag -- later identified as Kenneth Williams, a transient -- had come in at 4 a.m. on June 7 and purchased a pack of smokes and $5 worth of gas.
Williams left and headed out to a red pick-up parked by the pumps. At that point, according to the affidavit, Romero got out of the truck and walked in the store with the caulk gun partially visible under his white T-shirt. Romero allegedly whipped out the caulk gun, pointed it at Limuel and told him to give it up smooth.
Limuel thought it was a joke, but Romero, who according to Williams had allegedly been smoking crack all night, was serious. He pressed his demands for cash, and then kicked things up a notch by caulk-pistol-whipping the clerk. Limuel retaliated by clubbing Romero with a plastic garbage can, and so Limuel won the battle.
Romero withdrew, his alleged attempted hold-up a failure. He sped off in to the night in the red truck. Williams had at some point been in police custody, for he told police that Romero had picked him up earlier in the evening and that the two of them had been scoring and smoking crack-rocks for hours and hours.
Romero remained at large as of last Friday, and a search of the Travis County Jail revealed that he was not in custody at the present time. He is wanted for attempted robbery.
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