LaPlace man wanted in armed robbery

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 29, 2011



LAPLACE – Authorities in St. John the Baptist Parish are looking for a LaPlace man wanted in connection with an armed robbery of a door-to-door salesman Tuesday afternoon.

Travis Davis, 31, is accused of robbing a 27-year-old Oregon man in the 400 block of Elm Street around 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, said Capt. Dane Clement, a spokesman for the St. John Sheriff’s Office.

According to a Sheriff’s Office release, the Oregon man was working as a salesman in the area and was training another man when they were approached by a man dressed in all black clothing with a black beanie cap.

The suspect told the victim to give up his money or else, Clement said. The suspect then implied he had a gun as he reached for the waistband of his pants. Clement said neither victim saw a gun.

Out of fear of being shot, the Oregon man surrendered his cash. The suspect took the money and fled the area on foot. No one was injured during the incident.

Clement said the victim described the suspect as being about 6 feet tall with a tattoo resembling a cross on one of his cheeks.

Investigators said Davis, who had been seen near the robbery scene in recent days, fit the description from the victim. Clement said detectives prepared a six-man lineup that included Davis and the victim and witness were able to identify Davis as the alleged robber.

Clement said detectives have obtained a judicial arrest warrant for Davis for armed robbery. Any one knowing his whereabouts should call St. John Parish Detectives at 985-652-6338 or Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.