One man was shot and another was forced to give up cash and credit cards in a pair of early morning armed robberies that occurred in Luling.
At 2:34 a.m on Jan. 31. a man was walking down the 800 block of Paul Fredrick when he was approached by a black male. The robber walked up to the victim, pointed a handgun in his face and demanded money. The robber then struck the victim in the face with the handle of the gun, which caused the weapon to fire and hit the victim’s forearm. The robber then fled on foot and the victim went to the hospital.
25 minutes later, a man was loading newspapers into a newspaper rack at 1363 LA 52 when a black male rode up to him on a bicycle. The robber brandished a firearm, put the gun in the victim’s face and demanded money. The victim complied and emptied out his pockets, at which time the robber asked for the victim’s wallet.
After taking the victim’s credit cards, the robber fled the scene on his bicycle.
Sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes says that it is still too early to tell if the crimes are connected.
This pair of armed robberies follows only two weeks after three similar crimes took place in Destrehan.
In one of those instances, a black male walked into Express Cleaners on Jan. 17 and used a handgun to force two of the store’s employees to turn over money. Charles Conrad III, of 228 Mockingbird Lane, was arrested for that crime after detectives were able to use security camera footage to track down Conrad’s vehicle.
Two days before that crime took place, a similar armed robbery occurred at Uniforms by Kajun. In that instance, the robber held a knife to a female employee’s cheek to get her to turn over the store’s money. The robber, who was wearing tan pants, a black hooded sweatshirt, flip flops and sunglasses, then fled the scene with the money and the clerk’s cell phone.
In both cases, the robber was described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing anywhere from 140 to 150 pounds.
On the evening of Jan. 17, eight hours after the Express Cleaners robbery, a third Destrehan business was robbed. This time, two black males entered Video Traques, with one the men pointing a handgun at the store’s female employee. The employee complied with the robber’s request for money and was tied up by the men afterward. The victim was able to free herself and contact the sheriff’s office.
Sgt. Dwayne LaGrange said that one of the two robbers was described as being between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet. He weighed between 175 to 180 pounds. The second robber was described as being between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches and weighing from 170 to 180 pounds.
All the above investigations are ongoing.
Anyone having information on any of these crimes is asked to contact the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office at 985-783-6807 or Crime Stoppers at 1-877-903-STOP. Citizens who call Crime Stoppers do not have to give their name or testify and could receive up to $2,500.