Dec 19, 2013 9:19 AM by Ian Auzenne

Dollar General suspect arrested, charged with attempted murder

An Abbeville man is in custody and charged in with attempted first-degree murder in connection with last night's armed robbery at a New Iberia dollar store.

Darrel Mathieu, 50, is accused of going inside the Dollar General on LA 14 and demanding cash at gunpoint. Deputies say Mathieu shot the cashier in her leg before fleeing.

Sheriff Louis Ackal says Mathieu was caught after deputies received reports of a suspicious man on LA 14 near the store shortly after the robbery.

Mathieu is also charged with armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He remains in the Iberia Parish Jail without bond.

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