Juvenile Arrested for Robbery and Assault with a Firearm

Published 4:52 pm Thursday, April 20, 2023

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A 14-year-old male juvenile from LaPlace was arrested Wednesday, April 19 after taking money from another juvenile at a local business and then pointing a gun at the juvenile and his parents.
On Friday, April 14, about 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1400 of West Airline Highway in LaPlace in reference to an armed robbery. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the 13-year-old male victim and his parents who reported another male juvenile, later identified as the 14-year-old male, grabbed money from the victim’s hand inside the store then exited the store.
Subsequently, the victim pointed out the suspect, who was still in the vicinity of the business, to his parents. The parents approached the male subject and demanded he give the money back. The juvenile refused to return the money and fled the scene on a bike. As the suspect fled the scene, he pointed a gun at the victim and his parents.
Based on investigation and video surveillance, officers developed the 14-year-old as the suspect and discovered the gun used in the incident was a BB gun, resembling a handgun. The juvenile was arrested, and confessed to committing the robbery and assault with a firearm.
The juvenile was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm (felony) and simple robbery. He was released to a parent.