LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Lake Charles authorities are looking for a suspect in the robberies of a gas station and an adult store.
The Valero gas station at 1129 North MLK Highway in Lake Charles was robbed at 2:11 p.m. on March 31, according to a news release from the Lake Charles Police Department. The Simple Pleasures store at 2024 Kirkman Street was robbed at 5:50 p.m. Thursday.
According to police, a dark-complected, white male entered the south side door of the Valero store.
Authorities said he was armed with a black and silver semi-automatic handgun. Authorities said the man pointed the gun at the store clerk, demanding cash.
"The clerk handed the suspect the cash drawer and he removed approximately $100 in cash from the drawer. The suspect then fled out of the south door. A tan, four-door vehicle drove west across the lot and stopped and the suspect entered the passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle then turned and traveled east across the parking lot where it turned right and traveled South on Hwy 171," authorities said in the release.
Police said the investigation revealed that the suspect had entered the store earlier in the day, at 1:30 p.m., and asked to use the restroom. Shortly after entering the restroom, the suspect reportedly exited the store.
In the Simple Pleasures case, authorities said the suspect entered the store and held the clerk at gunpoint. He reportedly threatened to shoot her if she did not give him money from the register. He took money and fled the store, authorities said. He was reportedly last seen running west on 13th street.
The suspect is reportedly around 5-feet, 9 inches and is thin with black hair. Authorities said he has heavy stubble on his face. At the time of the Valero incident, he was wearing a dark gray hoodie, a white T-shirt, black knee-length shorts, black slip-on shoes and large sunglasses. At the time of the Simple Pleasures incident, authorities said the suspect was wearing a gray sweatshirt with white stripes on the sleeves, a blue T-shirt and blue jeans.
The Lake Charles Police Department has released selected surveillance images that show the suspect.
Those with information in the cases are asked to contact Detective Dustin Gaudet at 337-491-1456, ext. 1223, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tips can also be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 439-2222.