Crackdown on Crime - Victims robbed after ride home

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was at 2808 Church Street in the early morning hours of May 3rd that an innocent ride home took a wild turn for two men who thought they were helping two young ladies they had met earlier in the night.

"They asked if they could have a ride home and the victims thought they were doing something decent and gave them a ride home and it ended up being an abandoned house and laying in wait were three other suspects with guns," said Detective Harrell.

Harrell says after robbing the two men of their money and belongings all fled the scene, including the two ladies. It would be a month later that police would identify one of the women as 20 year old Kayla Burk. She was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center for her alleged involvement.

After further investigation police arrested two others: Kayla's husband, 25-year-old James "Pistol" Burk. He was already behind bars on a probation violation. Police then picked up Lorenzo Reed. All three are charged with armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm.

But there's still no sign of the alleged third gunmen. Police identify him as 26-year-old Jay Don Rubin. Believed to be armed and dangerous, police suspect Rubin hasn't gotten far - at least not without help.

"It's hard for someone to get out of their social network without any kind of income and sustain themselves. Someone knows where he is and what he's doing," said Harrell.

They're counting on that person to turn Rubin in. Meanwhile even if he continues to run, his name has been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) - for agencies across the country to be on alert a wanted fugitive could be coming their way.

No word yet on the identity of the other female allegedly involved. At this time, James Burk and Lorenzo Reed remain behind bars, but Kayla Burk bonded out on 40-thousand dollars bond.

Meanwhile anyone with information regarding Jay Rubin's whereabouts is asked to call the Lake Charles Police Department at 491-1311 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222.

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