Third robbery arrest made by St. John Parish deputies

Published 12:00 am Saturday, February 10, 2001


LAPLACE – St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s deputies made another arrest in the Cox’s Meat Market robbery that took place Jan. 12. Byron D. Porter, 17, 324 E. 14th St., was arrested Tuesday after an investigation led to his doorsteps. Porter is the third suspect to be taken into custody for the armed robbery of the Reserve store. George Joseph, 19, and a juvenile were arrested last month. According to Capt. Michael Tregre, spokesman for the St. John Sheriff’s Office, after an investigation led to the Reserve teen Porter was brought in for questioning and confessed to authorities. In what was originally thought to be a three-man job, it was later learned that a lookout was involved. Porter admitted to being that lookout, to participating in the planning of the armed robbery and receiving some of the money stolen. Porter is being held on $100,000 bond at the Sherman R. Walker Correctional Center in LaPlace. On Jan. 12 a passerby phoned the sheriff’s office to say that three males wearing ski masks and bandannas were entering Cox’s Meat Market, and one had a shotgun with him. The men entered the business and committed armed robbery, then fled on foot. Police are still searching for the fourth suspect, who is believed to be a juvenile.