two arrested in armed robbery murder attempt

Deidre Cruse

The Plaquemine Police have arrested two men in the armed robbery and attempted second degree murder of a woman who said she was trying to buy marijuana from them, Capt. Kenneth Payne said Monday.

A third man, who was with them the next day when the victim reported the crime, was arrested on drug and gun charges, Payne said.

Bradwin Skidmore, 18, of 58765 Meriam Street, Plaquemine, and Akira Jones, 26, of 3599 River Park Lane, Addis, were charged with attempted second degree murder and armed robbery in connection with an incident on La. 75 near the intersection of Stassi Road around 11 p.m. on the night of October 27, the captain said.

The victim reported the crime as if it had just happened at a local restaurant where Iberville Sheriff’s Detective Rhodie Sanchez was having lunch, Payne said.

She alleged that the two men had robbed her of $2,500 and shot at her as she drove away, hitting her car twice, according to Payne.

Sanchez notified the Plaquemine Police and provided the woman’s description of her assailants and the car they were in, he said. As it happened, he said, city police Sgt. Robert Johnson, around the corner, had just seen the car.

City officers pursued the vehicle, but the driver did not stop until they reached Skidmore’s residence 12 blocks away on Meriam Street, Payne said.

Skidmore and Keithan Jordan, 17, of the same Meriam Street address, ran inside he house, while Jones stayed outside, he said.

Payne said Skidmore’s mother, who owns the residence, allowed the police to search.

In connection with the guns and drugs police reported finding in the house, Skidmore and Jordan werecharged with possession of a modified shotgun and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, Payne said. He said Skidmore also was charged with possession of a firearm, and Jordan with possession of a firearm while in the presence of a controlled dangerous substance.

Police seized 22.29 grams of cocaine valued at more than $2,500, the captain said.

The alleged victim was given a misdemeanor for filing a false police report because she incorrectly reported the time of the incident, Payne said.