Student arrested for armed robbery at MSU apartment

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - An armed robbery and assault at McNeese State Univeristy lands a student in jail. It happened shortly after 10:30 Saturday night at Pine HaveUniversityts. Campus police responded to a 9-1-1 call from man claiming he was robbed and roughed-up after being invited in the apartment by a tenant.

The victim was brought to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Meanwhile McNeese spokesperson Candace Townsend explains hours later the suspect returned to the scene of the crime where officers were waiting.

"The suspect had fled the scene. A few hours later the suspect returned to his apartment at Pine Haven and the police then arrested him and he's been booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center," said Townsend.

Arrested was 30-year-old Leeland Thomas. He's been charged with armed robbery and simple battery. Townsend says they did send out a 1st call notice to all employees and students about the incident.

"Because we do have a number of students that live on campus during the Christmas break and because we wanted to make sure that our employees were aware of what happened and to stop any rumors. We think that it's important for our employees, students and the public to know that the suspect has been apprehended and there is no longer a threat to the campus," explained Townsend.

At last check Thomas was still in jail with bond set at $40,500.

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