Victims Turn the Table on Robbers, Send Two to Hospitals, Police Say

By Quinn Ford on December 12, 2013 8:21am 

 Four men, two of whom were later injured, robbed party-goers in Austin Wednesday night, police said.
Four men, two of whom were later injured, robbed party-goers in Austin Wednesday night, police said.
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AUSTIN — Two men who robbed a group of party-goers at the old Zenith Building in Austin late Wednesday night ended up in the hospital — one of them in critical condition, police said.

About 9:24 p.m., police were called about a robbery at the old Zenith Building in the 1900 block of South Austin Avenue.

A group of people were having a party on the fourth floor of the building, which has been converted to offices, when four men came in and started robbing the party-goers, police said.

Two of the men escaped with cash and jewelry, but the other two were stopped by the party-goers and held until police arrived, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman.

The two men who were held by the victims were both injured and taken to area hospitals. One man was taken to Loyola University Medical Center in critical condition. The other man was taken to the West Suburban Medical Center, where his condition stabilized, Sedevic said. Information on the men's injuries were not immediately available.

None of the party-goers were injured during the robbery. Police called for a Hostage-Barricade-Terrorism team after the robbery to sweep the building and ensure the two other alleged robbers were not inside the building.

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