Luling man robs store, leads police on high-speed chase

Wielding a fillet knife, a 50-year-old Luling man allegedly robbed the Circle K convenience store of $180 before leading the police on a high speed chase through St. Charles Parish and into Jefferson Parish.

The suspect, Tyrone Dorsey, was eventually apprehended after parish sheriff’s officers were forced to tackle him to the ground after he exited his vehicle. Dorsey did not have a valid driver’s license.

The clerk on call, Nicole Wallace, said that Dorsey entered the Circle K convenience store and asked for a pack of cigarettes. Wallace told police that Dorsey then asked for a pack of gum and put money on the counter. When Wallace opened the register, Dorsey walked around the counter, pulled a rusted fisherman’s fillet knife from under his shirt and demanded the money from the register.

When Dorsey fled with the money, Wallace ran to the door, locked it, and took down Dorsey’s license plate number.
Shortly after the incident, an officer observed a vehicle that matched the description traveling eastbound on Hwy. 90 without headlights on. When the officer attempted to pull over the vehicle, the driver refused to stop and instead ran off the roadway before turning onto Willowdale Blvd.

The vehicle then turned onto East Heather Drive and accelerated to speeds above 80 miles per hour. The vehicle quickly made a right turn onto St. Nicholas Street, drove into the front yard of a residence at the corner of St. Nicholas Street and Birch Street and made its way back onto Hwy. 90.

After entering Jefferson Parish, Dorsey made a left turn onto Capitol Drive, ran off the roadway and spun around. After hitting the median, the vehicle rolled over and came to a stop upside down at the corner of Capitol Drive and Hwy. 90.

Dorsey exited the vehicle and ignored officer’s warnings to stop. He then had to be physically tackled to the ground.
At the time of the investigation, Jefferson Parish sheriff’s officers were unable to make contact with the registered owner of the vehicle.

Dorsey has been charged with armed robbery, reckless operation of a vehicle, resisting an officer, aggravated flight from an officer and theft under $300. According to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office, Dorsey admitted to the charges.


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