Crackdown on Crime - Downtown Armed Robbery

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Less than a month after Lake Charles Police touted crime to be on the decline in downtown Lake Charles, a man in the GiGi's parking lot is robbed at gunpoint around 2 a.m. Saturday May 2nd.

"He was approached by a black male. That black male took out a sliver in color gun, physically pointed it at the suspect, touching his chest and demanding his money from him," explained Lake Charles Police Sgt. Mark Kraus.

Like police advise the public to do the victim in this case complied with the robber's demands. But it was far from over, you'll remember he had a gun and he chose to use it after words were exchanged.

"Once the robbery was achieved, there became a matter of some form of perverted respect that the suspect thought he was due after a brief argument. The suspect at that case allowed himself to get involved, turned around, chased the victim and shot at him least one time," explained Sgt. Kraus.

While investigators have canvassed the area and are actively looking for surveillance video from nearby businesses, little is still known about the suspect's identity -- other than the fact he is believed to be a black male, 5'5" to 5'7" approximately 135 to 150 pounds. But here's what they do know: "He was witnessed to have gotten into a white Chevrolet Avalanche. He fled the scene from there," said Kraus. "Anybody that has information on the description of the suspect we've provided who may have or own a white Avalanche - please call us because we want to know who this person is before he has the opportunity to do it again."

The victim in this case was uninjured. Meanwhile Sgt. Kraus says this is also an opportunity to remind people if they are going to be out, especially late at night - always be aware of your surroundings.

Meanwhile if you have information about this case call Lake Charles Police at 491-1311 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.