Body cam footage released following incident in Luling

The St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office has released body cam footage from a May 2 incident after a video captured by a bystander of the incident was circulated on Facebook earlier this morning.

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According to the sheriff’s office, yesterday (May 2) at approximately 8 p.m. deputies, while working an unrelated incident in the 1300 block of Paul Fredrick Street in Luling, spotted a known wanted subject with a felony probation warrant walking on the street.

Keith Anthony Robinson, Jr., 26 of Luling, was that subject. A press release from the sheriff’s office described him as “a convicted felon with a violent history.”

According to a press release, when a deputy attempted to arrest Robinson he fled on foot and ignored spoken commands.

“Deputy Henry Sill deployed his department-issued taser to attempt to subdue Robinson to take him into custody,” the release stated. “The taser was ineffective and Robinson continued to flee. An assisting officer was able to detain Robinson and take him into custody. While searching Robinson after his arrest, a female subject approached deputies while recording Robinson and attempting to speak to him. The female was later identified as his sister, MaryLee Breon Robinson, a 30-year-old female from Paul Fredrick Street in Luling.”

The press release stated that MaryLee’s presence “agitated” her brother, and that she was advised that she could record but that she needed to stay in her yard.

“As Keith Robinson, Jr. was being placed into the rear of the police unit, MaryLee Robinson approached deputies from the rear of the unit, in the middle of the street,” the press release stated. “She was again recording and shouting at Keith Robinson, Jr. and deputies. MaryLee Robinson was again told she could record but to back away from the investigation, at which time she vocalized that she would not listen to deputies’ orders. As Deputy Sill approached MaryLee Robinson to place her into custody, she fled on foot. Deputy Sill made contact with MaryLee Robinson a short time later and was met with active resistance. MaryLee Robinson refused to place her hands behind her back or comply with spoken commands and struck Deputy Sill in the face. Several friends and family members then began shouting and approaching deputies on the scene. MaryLee Robinson continued to agitate and incite Keith Robinson, Jr. and the crowd on the scene.”

The press release states that Deputy Sill pushed MaryLee Robinson to create distance, at which point she fell to the ground.

“Deputy Sill moved in to effect an arrest, when MaryLee Robinson swung at Deputy Sill and kicked at him,” the release states. “Deputy Sill felt his taser holster crack upon MaryLee Robinson’s kick, glanced down and realized his taser was no longer on his duty belt. MaryLee Robinson continued to actively resist arrest, at which point Deputy Sill used an empty hand distraction technique to gain control and take her into custody. This was successful.”

In the video captured by the bystander that was released earlier on Facebook today, many commenters noted that the deputy appeared to be striking MaryLee with a fist.

After another deputy arrived on the scene to assist, MaryLee Robinson was placed into custody.

“She continued to actively resist and was placed into the rear of a police unit,” the release states. “She continuously kicked the rear windows and doors of the unit. MaryLee Robinson refused medical treatment on the scene. When booked into the Nelson Coleman Correctional Center Medical Staff observed no visible marks or scratches.”

MaryLee Robinson is charged with interfering with a law enforcement investigation, two counts of simple criminal damage to property, battery of a police officer, disturbing the peace and resisting an officer with force or violence.

According to the sheriff’s office, she has a history of theft, resisting an officer and simple battery.

“There is an administrative investigation ongoing in regards to this incident,” the release states.

WARNING: This video contains images and language that may be offensive to some readers.

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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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