Boutte man pleads guilty in ‘GoPro robbery’

Victim robbed at gunpoint by Lee, four others

A man arrested on New Year’s Eve accused of meeting a victim to finalize an online transaction before robbing him at gunpoint pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery.

Malik Lee, 18, of 200 Boutte Estates Drive in Boutte, changed his plea from not guilty as part of a deal. The state reduced Lee’s charge from armed robbery. He is set to be sentenced on Sept. 19.

According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, the victim was attempting to sell a GoPro Camera through an online ad.

That was when Lee apparently made contact, offering to purchase the camera for $50.

Through their contact with one another, the victim was able to find Lee’s Facebook page.

The two agreed to meet at a location on Boutte Estates to make the exchange.

When the victim arrived, he found Lee along with another male, estimated to be 15 to 16 years old, and three boys, estimated to each be between ages 9 to 11, according to the arrest report. Lee and the oldest male spoke with the victim while the other three hung behind.

According to the victim, Lee agreed to pay $40 for the camera after negotiation, as the GoPro came with no charging cable.

After making the swap, the victim returned to his vehicle, where Lee and the second man approached the vehicle, both holding pistols and demanded “everything you’ve got.”

The victim gave them his money, wallet and phone.

Lee and the other four subjects fled the scene. The victim then called out to them, asking “Can I at least have my ID?” prompting one of the subjects to remove the ID and four business cards from the wallet and throw them on the ground. Later this same day, police tracked Lee down near his residence and arrested him.

St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes said Lee matched the Facebook profile that he used to lure the victim.

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