Dec 13, 2012 9:39 PM by Chris Welty

Residents on Edge after Armed Robberies, Car Thefts

A Lafayette woman is grateful to be alive after being held at gunpoint. 

Three armed robberies in the past four days. The most recent one happened today around 11:49 in the 2000 block of Johnston St. behind a business. A man pulled a gun on a woman who was walking to her vehicle then stole her vehicle. Police found the vehicle abandoned in the 900 block of Voorhies and Delord Streets.

Police believe the same man robbed and stole another woman's vehicle when she left a downtown restaurant in the 300 block of Vermilion St. in Lafayette on Monday Dec. 10. That vehicle was found abandoned on 9th Street. No one was injured in either incident.

A similar story yesterday in the 1000 block of Foreman drive in Lafayette, just before noon. 

"He said, 'give me your keys and your purse or I'll shoot you' and he showed me a gun." 

The Foreman Drive victim, who doesn't want to be identified initially thought the man was joking. She was unloading groceries at her home when the man walked up to her. She quickly realized by the tone of his voice, he was serious.

"He said it again and grabbed the keys out of my hand, opened the van and started to drive away. I tried to get in the house as fast as I could." 

Before driving off, the suspect stopped the car, got out, walked to her and stole her purse. She dropped her groceries and handed it over. She says she's still scared, but more angry than anything. 

"Because he was taking my ride and I wanted to get my groceries out. He wanted my purse which has all my belongings in it."

Corporal Paul Mouton with the Lafayette Police Department says it's always important to stay vigilant, whether you're at home or out in public. 

"Look for other people getting out of their car and look for suspicious people in the area. Don't park next to vehicles with tinted windows. Just simple things like that and not being distracted by your phone or other things in your vehicle can help prevent you from being a victim of a crime." 

Police believe the robbery downtown and the one today are related. 

The suspect is a bald, black man with a thin mustache. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt when he robbed the woman behind the Johnston Street business. He's about 5' 8" - 5' 10" tall and weighs about 175 pounds.

Police are still reviewing evidence with the Foreman Drive case and are not saying if it is related to the other two cases at this time.

If anyone has information to share with police, call 291-8600 or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.



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