Edgard bank robbed

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This story was updated at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.

EDGARD – Police have captured one suspect allegedly involved in the armed robbery of an Edgard Capital One Bank just before noon on Tuesday and are still looking for two others.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was tracked down in a wooded area just off Louisiana 3127 in Killona, said Maj. Robert Hay, Chief of Detectives for the St. John Sheriff’s Office. Two other suspects allegedly involved in the robbery remain at large.

According to the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Department, two men armed with guns entered the bank, located at 2447 Louisiana Highway 18, around 11:50 a.m. Tuesday and demanded money from the teller. They were seen fleeing toward St. Charles Parish in a gray Dodge Charger.

Deputies pursued the vehicle down Louisiana Highway 3127 toward St. Charles Parish. The vehicle got onto Interstate 310 and headed north toward Destrehan, crossing the Hale Boggs Bridge.

The vehicle exited the interstate at River Road, where it crashed on the exit ramp, according to Capt. Dane Clement, spokesman for the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Department.

The men exited the vehicle and ran into a wooded area behind Destrehan Plantation, where a manhunt ensued involving St. Charles Parish authorities, as well as K-9 units.

Meanwhile, authorities in St. Charles said that Harry Hurst Middle School, the East Bank Head Start Center and St. Charles Borromeo schools were placed on lockdown, but the schools dismissed students at the normal times. The exit ramp where the vehicle crashed has been closed to traffic.

Deputies continue to search for the suspects on the ground and in the air with the help of a police helicopter.

At the bank, one customer was forced to the ground, but no injuries have been reported, said Clement.

Look for more on this story as it develops.