By Jim Bowman
An unknown male in his 20s approached the victim, displayed a small pocket knife and demanded his wallet, police said. The offender then reached into the victim's pants pocket and removed a cellphone.
According to police, the offender jumped into a beige Jeep and fled westbound on Garfield Street. Loss was estimated at $200.
Point already made in percipient comments:
Posted: September 20th, 2013 6:54 PM
The lesson is - be wary of people in beige Jeeps. Oops, that would be automobile profiling! Never mind!
* Violet Aura
Posted: September 20th, 2013 6:45 PM
@Matt: Unfortunately this is the WJ's misguided attempt to either assauge their White guilt or else avoid divulging the usual suspects' descriptions to prevent people from making racist (racial?) comments. I am beginning to think that they are toying with us, though. The getaway car was BEIGE. Gee, that was really helpful! The loose perp was unknown. That's it. Duh, I didn't think he was familiar!
And finally, the first comment, with percipient analysis:
MattCordtwist from Island Dweller
Posted: September 20th, 2013 6:18 PM
unknown male, late teens? sometimes we are given a hint of white gym shoes and blue jeans. why can't we say it be a white elderly female offender? there are countless black folk who don't commit crime & there are white folks that do rob folks. fact is most perps are from the other side of Austin from area of nearly 100% black. this isn't racial profile of any sort but statistics. Chicago police, sun-times, the trib have no prob saying it was a young black male descript. OP police know Public??
It's a matter of what the public has right to know and bad editorial decision-making.