Man arrested mere minutes after robberies

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 11, 2009


RESERVE — St. John Sheriff’s deputies arrested a LaPlace man who was allegedly involved in the armed robbery of two Reserve women Friday night, said a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office Monday.

No one was injured during the incident, which happened around 11:51 p.m. Friday in the 200 block of Terrio Drive in Reserve, and investigators are still searching for a possible accomplice in the robbery, according to a report from police.

Capt. Dane Clement, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, said the suspect, Tyren L. Fobb, 21, 639 Fifth St., was apprehended just minutes after he robbed two 56-year-old Reserve women of their purses outside of a home on Terrio Drive. Clement said a deputy on patrol in the area spotted a vehicle fitting the description of the vehicle used in the robbery.

According to a report from the Sheriff’s Office, the victims told authorities that as they were exiting their vehicle two men wearing dark clothing and bandanas approached them. The men, armed with handguns, grabbed the women’s purses and drove away.

Just minutes after the robbery took place a patrol deputy spotted the vehicle on Airline Highway near Whitlow Court in LaPlace. Clement said that when the deputy tried to stop the vehicle, the passenger jumped out, ran from the scene and jumped a fence on Whitlow Court. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Fobb, was apprehended.

Clement said when deputies checked the vehicle Fobb was driving they found a handgun along with some of the property of the two victims.

Fobb was booked into the Sherman Walker Correctional Facility in Laplace on two counts of armed robbery and a contempt of court charge from an unrelated incident. He is being held on a $400,150 bond.

Authorities are still seeking the second suspect involved in the robbery. Anyone with additional information should call Detective Jerry Fountain of the St. John Sheriff’s Office at 652-9513, ext. 174.