LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office.
On November 27, around 9:00 p.m., Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to the Shop Rite store on the corner of Lake and McNeese St. in reference to an armed robbery.
When deputies arrived, they spoke with the store clerk who advised two men, later identified as William B. Rainer, 20, 4404 Canal Street, Apt. # 234, and Kevin W. Bill, Jr., 20, 2148 11th Street, both of Lake Charles, entered the store brandishing a handgun and demanded money. After stealing an undisclosed amount of cash and merchandise, Rainer and Bill fled from the store.
With the assistance of a Lake Charles Police Department detective and his K-9, the scents of Rainer and Bill were tracked to Rainer's apartment on Canal Street, where currency was observed on the ground outside of the apartment.
Due to the nature of the crime, CPSO Command Center was utilized at the apartment complex, and members of the CPSO ACT-Team removed nearby apartment tenants as a precautionary measure.
CPSO arrested Rainer inside his apartment without incident and Bill surrendered at the intersection of Rhodes and Elaine Streets.
During a search of Rainer's apartment, detectives recovered the stolen cash and store merchandise. Both were booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with armed robbery; and armed robbery with a firearm. Bill is also charged with obstruction of justice.
Judge Ron Ware set Rainer's bond at $85,000; and set Bill's at $95,000. CPSO Detective Andree Daugereaux is the lead investigator and was assisted by Detective Kerrick Gabrial.