NEWS

Store owner fights off armed robber

Deidre Cruse, Governmental Reporter

A Baton Rouge man has been charged in the attempted armed robbery of a newly opened Railroad Avenue convenience store, Plaquemine Police officials said Monday.

Jordan Jackson, 21, of 4115 Prescot Mohican Crossover, No. 239, Baton Rouge, was charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm, simple battery and simple criminal damage to property in a November 25 incident at Sam's Convenience Store, located in the old Plaquemine Video Library building, according to Capt. Steve Bezet.

“The owner reported Jackson came in [at 11:46 p.m.] and pointed a handgun at them and demanded all the cash out of the register,” Bezet said.

The owner struggled with the robber and hit the man with a mop handle, until finally the robber broke free with the gun and ran out, the captain said.

“They were fighting over the gun,” he said. “A lot of things got knocked over and broken.”

The owner and his father, who came to his son's aid with the mop handle, were the only people in the store at the time, Bezet said.

Shortly afterwards, police found Jackson hiding in a closet at 58020 W. W. Harleaux and arrested him without incident, the captain said.

As of Monday, Jackson remained in jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond set by Plaquemine City Judge Michael Distefano.