- Ex-APD Officer Sought In Samantha Dean Murder Now In Bastrop County Jail
- Llano Co. Man Sentenced To 50 Years For Toddlers Death
- Court Documents: VonTrey Clark Charged With Capital Murder
- Central TX Law Enforcement On High Alert Following String of Officer Shootings
- Man Busted Allegedly Burglarizing Popular Downtown Bar
- Man arrested after having marijuana delivered to Austin shipping store
- Construction Worker's Body Found Under East Austin Home
- APD Investigating Shot Fired Call In North Austin
- Bond Between Fayette Co. K-9, Handler Secret To Their Success
- Suspect In Killing Of Harris Co. Deputy Previously Arrested In Austin
- Man Busted For 7th DWI In North Travis Co.
- City Of Austin IT Worker Charged With Stealing Equipment
- Houston DJ Arrested In NW Austin For Alleged Home Invasion
- APD: Downtown Austin DWI Suspect Had BAC 4 Times Legal Limit
- Reward offered for arrest of sex offender who escaped Houston facility
- Parents React To Baby Carjacking In Austin
- Investigators find huge psychedelic mushroom grow operation in a house
- Man Steals Car With Baby Inside
- Food Trucks Band Together To Catch Thief
- Dashcam Video Released Of Man Shooting At New Braunfels Police Officers
- Woman Found Dead From Gunshot Wound At Pflugerville Home Identified
- APD Searching For Cigarette Burglary Suspect
- Adding Officers, Building Relationships Could Help Austin Property Crime Problem
- Police On The Hunt For Truck Wheel Thieves
- APD Looking For Owner Of Stolen East Austin Bicycle
- Austin Dad Accused Of Driving Son To School While Drunk
- Nicaraguan Man Set To Be Executed In Texas Gets Reprieve
- Police Identify Robbery Suspects Targeting Women In Downtown Austin
- New Braunfels Man Arrested On Child Porn Charges
- APD Investigates Rash Of Cat Mutilation Cases In South Austin
- Graffiti Vandals Targeting Lakeway Business
- 70lbs Of Marijuana Seized After Fayette Co. Traffic Stop
- Tickets Adding Up At Austin's Don't Block The Box Intersections
- UT student assaulted outside residence hall early Sunday morning
- Capitol Arson Suspect Brought Back To Texas
- 9 Months Pregnant Mother Helps Police Catch Burglar
- An Old Driver's License Can Be Dangerous To Leave Around
- Ex-Con Missing After Harassing Women, Violating Parole
- ICE Arrests 61 Undocumented Immigrants With Criminal Convictions
- Austin Woman Confronts, Tackles Unknown Man In Her Home
- Arson Suspected In East Austin Boarding House Fire
- Wells Fargo Bank Robbed In SW Austin
- Texas Man Again Convicted In 1976 Bus Attendant Slaying
- College Women, Including In Austin, Targeted In Prostitution Ring
- Robbery Suspect Shot By TCSO Deputy Identified
- Woman Hits Teen With Car, Drives Away Thinking It Was Prank
- TCSO: Screaming Woman Busted With PCP At Apartment Complex Pool
- VonTrey Clark Could Be Back In Texas Soon
- Robbery Suspect Shot By Deputy In North Travis Co.
- Meagan Work's Defense Team Focus On Her Medical Condition
Patrols Increased After Westlake HS Student Robbed
Updated: Friday, February 28 2014, 06:23 PM CST
"It's something that was startling to us. It's not something that happens very often to us," said Eanes Independent School District spokesperson Claudia McWhorter.
But it did happen Thursday afternoon in a parking lot at Westlake High School.
While the teenager and her family didn't want to go on camera with KEYE TV because of safety concerns, off camera her mother tells us the 16-year-old was sitting on her brother's car listening to music, when a man walked up with a gun and pounded it on the hood. When she looked up he demanded the phone, grabbed it and ran off.
"She did exactly the right thing. Gave him the phone and when he turned she took off running," said Travis County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Roger Wade.
Now, McWhorter says Eanes ISD is doing the right thing, too.
"We're working with the Travis County Sheriff's Office to have increased presence in the parking lots and around the school," McWhorter said.
Then there's the issue of security cameras. While some parking lots at Westlake High do have cameras, the Shriner Lot does not. It has just a single camera that points toward the lot entrance. The camera was part of a $500,000 security upgrade back in 2011. But now, more cameras could follow.
"If we can look into getting security cameras installed or maybe higher quality security cameras, that is definitely something we'll look at," McWhorter said.
"Don't be playing with your iPad or cell phones, or doing your homework of reading books, pay attention to where you're going and what's around you. Be on the lookout," said Wade.
The girl's mother echoes that warning and says she will not rest until the robber is caught.
Authorities have not released a description because they don't have enough to go on. Wade says they'll be talking to the teen as well as other witnesses and hope to have more early next week.