RED OAK

Five suspects have been taken into custody by Dallas Police for several armed robberies in the area with at least two believed to be connected to an armed carjacking in Red Oak last week.  

At around 7:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, Kimberly Struebig had just gotten off from work and parked her car at the 100th block of South Summit Street in Red Oak. She was talking over the Bluetooth speakers with her friend when she was interrupted.

“My sister pulled up next to me,” Struebig said. “When she pulled up, she asked me how work went. I told her it went good, and she drove off.”

“I leaned down on the right to get my purse,” she explained. “When I leaned down, someone was banging on my window.”

She thought it was her sister who had left just a few moments before. Instead, she saw two men. At least one of them had a firearm.

“They were hitting my window with this gun,” she said. “They were yelling at me to get out. Just yelling ‘Get out, get out!’ I couldn’t comprehend everything that was going on. It was happening so fast.”

The suspects opened the door on the driver’s side and yanked Struebig out of the vehicle. Struebig said she was scared for her life.

“When they pulled me out, they were telling me ‘Shut up, don’t say anything,” she recalled. “I was like ‘I have three kids. Please don’t do this. Please.’”

At that moment, the car began to roll in reverse, which she stated startled one of the suspects. One of the suspects ran away on foot, while the other pursued the vehicle, hopped in the driver’s seat and sped off westbound on Waller.

“I just took off running to houses, trying to get help,” Struebig recalled. “I was screaming ‘Help me, help me, somebody help me.’”

Red Oak Theft Vehicles
Infogram Red Oak Police officers were dispatched to the scene at around 7:28 p.m. According to a media release, officers searched the area but were unable to locate anyone matching the description of the suspects or vehicle.

According to CrimeReports.com, there have been 24 vehicle thefts reported by Red Oak and Midlothian Police in the areas of Red Oak, Ovilla, Glenn Heights and Pecan Hill communities over the past 12 months. Sixteen of those have occurred in the past six months, with 6 a.m. to noon being the highest recorded period of vehicle thefts, according to the Crime Reports data.

According to the Dallas Morning News, three suspects were taken into custody at 4:34 a.m. Tuesday morning. Two additional people were detained at around 2:45 p.m.

Three of them were charged with multiple counts of aggravated robbery, while one of them was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The fifth male, who is a juvenile, was arrested on unrelated charges.

Red Oak Theft of Vehicle Times
Infogram Dallas police indicated that nine aggravated robberies that took place around the area may be connected.

Dallas police said they recovered four vehicles that have been taken or used during the armed robberies. Struebig's car, a red 2016 Nissan Sentra, was recovered Friday morning in Dallas at 4300 Bailey Avenue.

Dallas police said they would beef up patrols in response to the robberies.