Two arrests made, suspect sought in attempted armed robbery

Alexander Schlesinger (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Alexander Schlesinger (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Denzel Singleton (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
Denzel Singleton (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Two arrests have been made and a third suspect is sought in the attempted armed robbery of a Family Dollar on 3rd Avenue in Lake Charles, according to a news release from the Lake Charles Police Department.

Arrested were 19-year-old Alexander Amos Schlesinger, of Lake Charles, and 19-year-old Denzel Martin Singleton, also of Lake Charles. Blake D. Simien, 18, of Lake Charles, is still sought in the case.

Authorities said it happened around 9 p.m. Monday.

Officers were dispatched to the store and upon arrival, employees reported that they were locking the front door when a man approached them.

The employees said the man, a black male wearing an orange jumpsuit, had a handgun. The employees were able to close and lock the door.

According to authorities, two additional men were spotted near the front door. One reportedly also had a handgun. All three suspects reportedly fled on foot.

Authorities later located and arrested Schlesinger and Singleton.

Schlesinger was charged with attempted armed robbery and attempted armed robbery with a firearm. Bond was set at $202,500. Singleton faces the same charges, yet his bond was set at $200,000.

Simien is a black male. His last known address was at 8559 Gulf Highway in Lake Charles.

Those with information in the case are asked to call the Lake Charles Police Department at 337-491-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 337-439-2222.

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