Panhandler threatened to kill UT student over money, Austin police say

Click here to view this article on the Statesman – April 3, 2017

Austin police say a man who was panhandling threatened to kill a University of Texas student walking toward campus early Friday because she refused to give him money.

Christopher Crowley, 24, attempted to rob a University of Texas student Friday March 31, and threatened to kill her, police say.

The UT senior told police she was walking east toward campus at the 400 block of West 21st Street around 6:20 a.m., according to an arrest affidavit.

As she was crossing Guadalupe Street, she said she saw a man running toward her, the affidavit said.

The man asked the student for money several times and she told him she did not have any money and tried to walk away, the affidavit said.

According to the document, the man told the student, “Don’t make me take you to an ATM to get $30 out.”

When the student again tried to walk away, she said in the affidavit that the man grabbed her backpack, trying to pull it off of her and said, “I am going to kill you.”

The student was able to walk away when a vehicle drove up to intervene, police said.

However, the man still continued to follow her and yelled, “Don’t call the police on me … When I kill someone for money it will be your fault,” the affidavit said.

The student said in the affidavit that the man finally stopped following her when she reached the 100 block of West 21st Street, near the intersection of 21st Street and University Avenue.

Police arrested the man, who they identified as 24-year-old Christopher Crowley, around 7:13 a.m. that morning inside the Starbucks at 24th and San Antonio streets.

Crowley was charged with attempted robbery and his bail was set at $15,000. He is currently being held at the Travis County Jail.

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