Armed robbery suspect caught on tape

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Surveillance video released by the Lake Charles Police Department shows a man before and after he holds up an area business at gun point. Police said the suspect put on a mask as he robbed an establishment in the 1300 block of East Prien Lake Road.

Before he got away, a citizen who was legally carrying a weapon tried to stop him and was unsuccessful. Even though the suspect got away, police commend the heroism of the man who decided to put himself in harms way.

"He was a great tool for law enforcement in terms of being the eyes and ears, getting a description of the vehicle, and getting a description of the suspect. So, we are hoping, with all of these things, we will be able to capture this suspect and make an arrest," said Sergeant Mark Kraus with the Lake Charles Police Department.

Police are looking for a black male around six-feet tall, 160-175 pounds. If you have any information on this case you are asked to call the Lake Charles Police Department at 491-1311.

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