Texas gun owner shoots teen during alleged attempted robbery

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A Texas gun owner has defended himself and another wife of a teenage boy who allegedly tried to steal them at gunpoint in Austin, Texas last week, police say .

Jaylyn Reed, 17, has now been charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Reed has previously been convicted of a series of robberies in 2021. Police say he was released from juvenile detention on May 27 with an ankle monitor, which he cut off two days later. Reed then committed a series of nine robberies in five days, according to police.

Reed allegedly approached the man and woman shortly after exiting a vehicle, which police said contained three other suspects.

“Surveillance video recorded Reed exiting the vehicle and approaching a black male victim and a black female victim,” police wrote. “Reed pulled out a handgun and stole the male victim’s backpack. At the same time, the other suspects in the car came forward and waited for Reed. Reed walked towards the getaway car while pointing his handgun at the victim. The male victim pulled out his firearm and fired several shots at Reed and those in the Chevy Malibu in self-defense.”

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The male victim kicked Reed in the leg.

Police located Reed and the three other suspects soon after and applied a tourniquet to Reed’s leg before he was taken to hospital. Authorities recovered a number of items stolen from the scene, including handguns.

Police released photos of Reed and two of his accomplices, Andre Harris and Paul Rossum, both 18. The fourth suspect, however, was a minor.

Jaylyn Reed, 17 years old.  (Courtesy of the Austin Police Department)

Jaylyn Reed, 17 years old. (Courtesy of the Austin Police Department)

Paul Rossum, 18 years old.  (Courtesy of the Austin Police Department).

Paul Rossum, 18 years old. (Courtesy of the Austin Police Department).

André Harris, 18 years old.  (Courtesy of the Austin Police Department)

André Harris, 18 years old. (Courtesy of the Austin Police Department)

Police said the four suspects each committed robberies in the same way.

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“The nine robberies that occurred recently were committed in the same way during the day,” wrote the APD. “A suspect exited the vehicle and then drove into a busy shopping area. The other suspects inside the car also identified ‘potential targets.’ Once a person is identified, suspects approach them, point a handgun and demand their belongings. In several cases, the victims suffered head injuries after being “pistol whipped” by the group of men.

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