King William, Southtown areas see uptick in crime

3 teens with assault rifle match suspect description in 2 robberies

SAN ANTONIO – The King William, Southtown area is usually known for its friendly atmosphere and frequent visitors, but lately there's been a uptick in crime. 

"I've lived here for 15 years and crime in this area does come in waves. Right now we are experiencing a particular frightening wave of it. Several people were mugged on the street and robbed at gunpoint," said resident Rose Kanusky. 

The aggravated robberies happened Thursday night. The first was around 11 p.m. in the 100 block of King William Street near South St. Mary's Street.

Police say a couple was held up at gunpoint by three teens armed with an assault rifle.

The second robbery was 15 minutes later on Cedar and Pereida streets where a man was roughed up by three teens matching the same description. The victims wallet and cellphone were stolen.

"This week, my home was also burglarized. Luckily we weren't here and no one was harmed," said Kanusky.

Kanusky said she's already on the lookout, but it's hard to identify who doesn't belong in the neighborhood. Especially on a night like Friday, when hundreds of people gather for First Friday. 

"It's upsetting because that will cause some things to stop or that will cause a lot of other problems, and it just ruins things for everybody," said First Friday visitor Gregory Ruiz.

Jesus Ramirez, who is also a visitor, would like to see more of a police presence. 

"Beef up some patrol around here. Kind of patrol the area, make sure that it's safe for everyone. Because I know there's a lot of people down here," Ramirez said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the robberies or any other crime to call Crime Stoppers at 224-STOP.