On July 12, at 7:18 p.m., Eugene Police patrol officers were dispatched to a dispute at a residence in the 3100 block of Hawthorne Avenue and contacted Austin Timothy Boring, age 27, of Eugene, and Stephanie Taylor Russell, age 24, of Eugene. It happens that the Eugene Police Property Crimes Unit was looking for the pair after identifying them as possible suspects from the Rivas Taco Shop robbery on June 2, at 575 Hwy 99N. During the robbery, it was found that Boring used pepper spray on the female employee and fled with cash. Through excellent observation skills by employees and work by the EPD Property Control Unit with surveillance video, detectives were able to identify a suspect vehicle. After numerous tips, two suspects were identified.
After Boring and Russell were contacted July 12, the investigation continued and detectives charged each with Robbery in the First Degree. They were lodged at Lane County Jail.
On June 2, at 9:56 a.m., a male suspect entered the Rivas Taco Shop, 575 Hwy. 99N, and robbed the shop of cash after pepper spraying an employee in the face. The suspect fled to the parking lot and got into a get-away vehicle that had been waiting. A second employee ran out after the suspect and as the vehicle was driving away the suspect pointed what appeared to be a firearm at the employee.
The male suspect is described as a white male, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, with a thin build, and last seen wearing a blue and gray full zip hoody with a Transformer logo on the front, baseball hat, black sunglasses and gloves.
The vehicle is described as a newer model VW Golf, 4-door, silver in color, and with tinted rear passenger windows. The vehicle was being driven by a female also wearing sunglasses (no further description). The suspects fled in the vehicle northbound on Hwy 99N from the location.
If anyone has relevant information in this case they are asked to call 541.682.5111.