Authorities Investigate Armed Robberies in the Park Cities

UPDATED to include information about the arrest of two suspects.

Investigators in the Park Cities are seeking information about armed robberies reported in Highland Park and University Park this weekend. 

The Highland Park Department of Public Safety reported a robber approached walkers in the 4200 block of Edmondson Avenue around 11:53 a.m. Saturday and demanded their jewelry, cellphone, and wallets at gunpoint.

The suspect picked up the items and ran to get in a waiting white Toyota Corolla, which sped away southbound on Preston Road, according to the HPDPS.

Those with any footage or information about the incident are asked to call at 214-599-9492. 

Then, at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, University Park police say someone walking in the 3600 block of Caruth Boulevard reported being approached by three men in a vehicle.

Police say one of the suspects showed a gun and demanded the walker’s cellphone. 

The walker refused to give them the phone and the suspects took a pair of AirPods instead, before fleeing the scene, authorities say.

University Park Police Chief Bill Mathes said the suspect vehicle was described as a red, four-door vehicle.

Tuesday morning, University Park police said that Dallas police arrested two suspects in the Sunday robbery in University Park, hours after the incident.

“Just like in UP, they were looking for people who were seen with their cell phones,” UPPD said. “DPD says the Dallas victims were also threatened at gunpoint. UPPD and DPD are continuing to investigate these incidents. DPD says the two people in custody did not participate in a similar armed robbery in Highland Park last Saturday.”

Those with any information about that incident are asked to call the University Park Police Department’s non-emergency line at 214-363-3000.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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