CAPTURED: Two suspects apprehended by Ponchatoula Police after armed robbery

CAPTURED: Two suspects apprehended by Ponchatoula Police after armed robbery -

Ponchatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrisson reports that on the morning of June 10, 2014 two Ponchatoula businesses fell victim to an armed robbery, and an attempted armed robbery, by a duo of unknown suspects.

By the following afternoon, June 11, both suspects were in Ponchatoula Police custody.

Through surveillance footage captured at the scene of the crime, Ponchatoula Detectives learned that the suspect vehicle was a maroon Lincoln Navigator. The suspects were identified as two black males in their early to mid-twenties. One black male was described as being approximately 6-feet in height, slim build, wearing blue jeans, a black jacket with Camouflage sleeves and a hoodie, with Tan shoes. This suspect was the one in possession of the firearm.

The second black male was approximately 5'8" in height, hair dreads, wearing light grey sweat pants, a black jacket with a white t-shirt with the words "NEW YORK" across the front, and a red, white and blue bandanna (possibly an "American Flag")

At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, one of the Ponchatoula detectives noticed a vehicle at the Ponchatoula Post Office matching the description of the suspect vehicle.

After a brief interview, it was learned that the registered owner’s son-in-law, Jobyes Devon Parker, had borrowed the vehicle earlier that morning. Detectives were able to convince Parker to come to the police station to speak with them, and he arrived at the Ponchatoula Criminal Investigation Division building a short time later.

Around the same time, detectives learned that the second suspect was identified as Travion Montre Craig.

Detectives located Craig at his residence on Barringer Drive in Ponchatoula and took him into custody without incident.

Detectives were questioning Parker and Craig about the armed robberies, when Parker ran from detectives and out of the building. Ponchatoula Police, along with the with assistance of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 Division, searched the area but were unable to locate Parker.

The last sighting of Parker was on Veteran’s Avenue in Hammond at 1 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, inside a silver PT Cruiser.

Chief Layrisson reports that just before noon today, detectives received information that Parker was in a hotel room in LaPlace, La.

With the assistance of Homeland Security, St. John’s the Baptist Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police, detectives with the Ponchatoula Police Department went to the hotel and successfully apprehended Parker.

Parker, age 25 of Veterans Avenue in Hammond, was arrested and charged with one count of Armed Robbery with a Gun, one count of Attempted Armed Robbery with a Gun, Simple Escape, and Fugitive from Another Jurisdiction.

Travion Montre Craig, age 24 of Barringer Drive in Ponchatoula, was also arrested on one count of Armed Robbery with a Gun, one Count of Attempted Armed Robbery with a Gun, and Fugitive from Another Jurisdiction.

He was transported to the Tangipahoa Parish Jail in Amite for housing.

Chief Layrisson extends his appreciation to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division, Hammond Police Department, St John the Baptist Sheriff’s Office, Department of Homeland Security and the Louisiana State Police for their assistance in this investigation.

Chief Layrisson states, “The unwavering dedication of the entire Ponchatoula Police Department was crucial in a swift closure in this case. Once again, I am proud of the men and women of this department.”

Layrisson: One suspect in custody; second being sought in pair of armed robberies

PONCHATOULA—Police have one suspect in custody and are actively working leads to close the case of one armed robbery and a failed robbery attempt early Tuesday in the city limits of Ponchatoula.

Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson told AN17.com Wednesday that his officers have in custody one of the two suspects wanted in these cases. The second suspect has been identified, and Layrisson said his officers are “actively working leads” to close the case.

The arrest stems from a pair of burglaries Tuesday at Ponchatoula area businesses. The first was allegedly tried shortly after 6 a.m., when a pair of black males entered a convenience store on E. Pine Street. Layrisson said one of the men was armed with a weapon. Investigators theorize that the suspects in this first case were surprised by two store workers who were restocking the coolers. The suspects allegedly fled the store at that time.

In the second case, two men entered a tobacco store on Hwy 51 north shortly after 7 a.m. The armed subjects allegedly held the store clerk at gunpoint while taking an undetermined amount of money from the store. The pair fled through the back door of the business.

Police say they believe the incidents, timed approximately one hour apart, involve the same two suspects.

If anyone has any information on these crimes, they are urged to call the Ponchatoula Police Department at 985-386-8426.
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Ponchatoula stores fall victim to robbery; Store clerk held at gunpoint

Ponchatoula Chief of Police Bry Layrisson reports that this morning, June 10, two Ponchatoula businesses fell victim to an attempted armed robbery, and an armed robbery.

Chief Layrisson reports that at approximately 6 a.m. on Tuesday, two unidentified black males entered a convenience store on East Pine Street.

One of the males was armed with a weapon.

After entering the convenience store, the suspects observed two store workers restocking the coolers. Apparently surprised by the employees presence, this caused the suspects to flee the scene.

Just an hour later at approximately 7 a.m. today, the same armed subjects entered a tobacco store on Hwy 51 North.

They entered the tobacco store, and held the store clerk at gun point while taking an undetermined amount of money from the store. The males fled outside the back door of the business.

Additional information will be released as it is gathered, says Layrisson.

If anyone has any information on these crimes, they are urged to call the Ponchatoula Police Department at 985-386-8426.



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