CRIME

Law enforcement seeks public's help locating armed robbery suspect

TOMMY COMEAUX tcomeaux@postsouth.com

Police in several parishes are searching for a man who is suspected of three armed robberies in three parishes since Tuesday night.

“We have a man who made his way down the I-10 corridor beginning around 10:30 p.m. last night,” Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi said in a press conference Wednesday. “He hit the Chevron Marathon Truck Stop in St. John the Baptist Parish,”

“He’s driving a silver Dodge Charger, four-door, with a hood scoop and a rear spoiler, black rims,” Stassi said. “We’re looking for the public’s helping in trying to identify this man.

After hitting the truck stop in St. John, “he moved on to the Cabello’s Super Mart at the Marathon Truck Stop in the city of Gonzales around 1:05 a.m., where he did the same thing.”

“He produced a gun and robbed the cashier of some money from the register,” Stassi said. “Later on that night, around 3:20 a.m., he hit the Maringouin Shell Station in Grosse Tete where he took the money from the lady at the register and fled.”

The three incidents occurred over a five-hour period between late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning. “This guy walks in with no mask, he’s in the store a very short time and then tries to buy something and once the register opens, he makes his move,” he continued.

“We’re working together with Sheriff Mike Tregue, Sheriff Jeff Wiley along with the Gonzales Police Department to apprehend this suspect,” Stassi said.

The Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office released a photo of the suspect on its website, Ibervillesheriff.org, as well as to the local television stations and newspapers.

“If you can help us this matter, we’d appreciate anything you can give us,” Stassi said. “Please call us at (225) 687-3553 or you can call the Gonzales P.D. or your local sheriff’s office.”

Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi shows the media a photo of the man law enforcement is seeking after he is believed to have held up three gas stations in six hours overnight Tuesday.