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2 out-of-town men arrested for LaPlace armed robbery spree

LAPLACE — Police announced Monday they arrested two out-of-town men believed responsible for the Nov. 26 armed robbery of a LaPlace convenience store and separate robbery of a local resident.

The suspects are Tyron Rashawn Gordon, 30, of New Orleans, and Harold Jefferson, 43, of Metairie.

Jefferson is booked with principal to armed robbery with a firearm. He is being held in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Gordon is charged with two counts of armed robbery with a firearm. He is being held in custody in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

On Nov. 26, 2018, at approximately 4:45 a.m., deputies responded to Birdies Food & Fuel at 483 Belle Terre Blvd. in reference to an armed robbery.

During the initial investigation deputies, learned that an unknown male entered the store, produced a gun and demanded cash from the register.

After fleeing from the business, the same male committed a second armed robbery in a neighborhood nearby in which the victim was robbed of his personal items.

Police released surveillance video and stills from the store the next day in an effort to identify a robbery suspect.

“Through further investigation, detectives learned that Gordon was responsible for the armed robbery, both of the business and victim,” a St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office release said. “Detectives also learned that the suspect fled in a silver SUV that belonged to Jefferson. Detectives also learned that Jefferson was driving the silver SUV while Gordon committed the armed robberies.”

Police said the assailants fled eastbound in the SUV, adding that on Dec. 5 and 6, officers with the U.S. Marshals apprehended the suspects in New Orleans.