Suspsect Arrested in Attempted Armed Robbery
Lafayette, LA – On September 12, 2012, at approximately 8:00 pm, Lafayette Police responded to the 1600 block of E University Avenue regarding an armed robbery. The victim advised he was at a park in the area when he was approached by the suspect. The suspect produced a knife and demanded money from the victim. The suspect then escorted the victim at knife point to a nearby convenience store to force the victim to remove money from an ATM. While the victim was inside of the store, the victim advised the clerk to contact Lafayette Police. Officers arrived on the scene and apprehended the suspect without incident. The victim was not injured during the robbery.
Lafayette Police arrested Montel Wilridge (19) of Lafayette and charged him with Attempted Armed Robbery, Aggravated Kidnapping and Resisting an Officer. The case remains under investigation. On Tuesday, September 11, 2012, at approximately 8:30 pm, Lafayette Police responded to two separate armed robbery incidents. The first incident occurred at 1010 North University Avenue. The suspect, a black male approximately 20 years of age wearing a white muscle shirt and shorts, entered the business armed with a pistol. The suspect pointed the pistol at the two victims in the store and demanded money. The suspect then removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled the scene.
The second incident occurred in the 100 block of Delahoussaye Drive when the suspect approached the victim, as he walked on the street. The suspect exited a vehicle and demanded money from the victim at knife point. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim and fled the area in a black newer model Toyota 4-door vehicle. The suspect is described as a black male with long braids and a light complexion.
There were no injuries reported at either robbery. Investigators do not believe the two robberies are connected at this time.
Detectives with the Lafayette Police Department are asking anyone with information about the two robberies to contact the Lafayette Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.
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