Arrest made in robbery of Tech track athletes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Arrest made in robbery of Tech track athletes

Vincent Oliva (Source: Lubbock Police Department) Vincent Oliva (Source: Lubbock Police Department)

An arrest has been made one week after two Texas Tech track stars were robbed at gunpoint.

Vincent Oliva, 26, is charged with aggravated robbery. Lubbock Police Sergeant Jeff Baker says they were able to located Oliva through the recovery of stolen property. Police say they are also looking for a second suspect.

Oliva is accused of robbing Tara Thomas and Olivia Lewis on May 9th around 4:45 a.m. at the University Pointe Apartments. Thomas told KCBD she was in her car waiting for Lewis when a man in a mask approached her with a gun and demanded she hand over her purse. She explained she didn't have a purse, instead she offered her cell phone and credit cards.

When Lewis came down the stairs, Thomas says, another man approached her with his face covered. Lewis handed over her birth certificate and social security card.

Oliva remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a $150,000 bond.

Head Coach Wes Kittley issued this statement: "It is unfortunate that our student-athletes were involved in the situation that occurred on the morning of May 9th en route to a scheduled team flight to Kansas City. However, we are thankful for the prompt and immediate actions taken by the proper authorities. We are focused moving forward with our season."

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