Armed robbery suspect accused of trying to hit police officers with his car
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — A robbery suspect is behind bars today after police say he fled the scene, hit two parked police cars, and then tried to hit at least two officers with his car.
The Lafayette Police Department arrested Brandon Booth, 20, of Lafayette and charged him with Armed Robbery, Resisting Arrest, two counts of Attempted First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Criminal Damage to property.
Officials say the incident happened on Sunday, Aug. 12 shortly before midnight. We’re told that the suspect entered a business located on Ambassador Caffery Parkway, pulled out a handgun and demanded money. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a red Oldsmobile Alero.
Officers developed leads and went to the 500 block of Strasbourg at around 1:00 a.m. to locate a potential suspect. When they approached the residence they spotted a vehicle matching the description of the one the suspect allegedly used to flee the scene of the robbery. A second vehicle was also driving on the street at the same time.
Officers attempted to approach the vehicle, but it, as well as the second vehicle, went in reverse down the street. One vehicle stuck two parked police vehicles. Reports say the same vehicle then drove forward in the direction of where officers were standing. Officers fired multiple shots at the vehicle.
At this point the vehicle was disabled and the suspect got out of the car and attempted to flee on foot.
A K-9 officer detained the suspect, Brandon Booth. He was then transported to a local hospital for his injury from the K-9 bite.
The driver of the second vehicle was found not to be involved with the armed robbery and was released.