Second suspect arrested in Chase Bank robbery

Second suspect arrested in Chase Bank robbery

POSTED: Monday, April 11, 2011 - 8:56am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 5:00pm

The Baton Rouge Police Department has arrested a second suspect in connection to the Chase Bank Robbery that put Mid City on lockdown for three hours Monday.

30 year old Vernon Simmons was arrested this morning in Baton Rouge. BRPD says Simmons' DNA matches DNA found on the mask and gloves recovered from the scene.

NBC 33 News is gathering more now and will post any updates as soon as they are received.

This is an update to an earlier story. For previous posts, please see below.

Jauan Swanson, 23 surrendered to Baton Rouge Police Tuesday afternoon. NBC 33 News is tracking this story. Tune into NBC 33 News at 5pm for the latest on this breaking news.

This is an update to an earlier post. For previous posts, read below.

---Jauan Swamson, 23, is wanted for the Armed Robbery of the Chase Bank on Government St on April 11.

Swanson entered the bank with a handgun demanding money from the bank teller and fled the scene on foot.

Upon arrest, Swanson will be charged with Armed Robbery and Attempted First Degree Murder of a Police Officer.

Swanson is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone having any information on Swanson, please contact the Armed Robbery Division at 389-3845 or Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP (7867).

This is an update. For previous posts, please see below.

Midcity Baton Rouge was on lockdown for three hours Monday morning, while dozens of police searched for a dangerous suspect.

Honeymoon Bungalow owner Marsha Rish watched the escape unfold from her office on Government Street.

"I’m sitting there focusing and counting how many shots did I hear and then immediately I heard a siren," says Rish. She counted four shots, and moved to the window. "I could see in my parking lot two police cars and their lights flashing and officers running up and down the street."

The suspect had opened fire on a Constable Deputy, who happened to be in the area. Bullets pierced the Deputy's windshield and light bar.

Baton Rouge City Constable Major Reginald Brown is thankful his Deputy was not hurt. Maj. Brown says the Deputy ran after the suspect, even after being shot at, but lost him on Heartstone Street, after the man jumped a fence.

Back at her store window, Marsha Rish was concerned for her husband, who was also at the store. She called him and told him to lock the store and the gate behind it.

"They (Police) were obviously looking for someone," she said.

The BRPD helicopter circled above while Special Response Teams, Crime Scene Investigators and K-9 units searched the streets. But still, there's no sign of their man.

Now, as that scene grows cold, Rish worries about the robber stealing business from her.

"My second fear is that this is really really bad for Midcity," says Rish. "People that don't live here think it's a bad area. It's not a bad area"

This is an update. For previous posts, please see below.

BREAKING NEWS ALERT: 12:10: Officials say they believe the suspect has left the area, and have reopened Government Street.

11:30 am: Police have expanded their search for the suspect responsible for the armed robbery. Police say the suspect is described as a black male around 5’6” tall, around 150-160 pounds. They say he’s between the ages of 18-25 years old, with short hair. He was last seen wearing all black clothing, fleeing the area on foot northbound on HeartStone Street.

10:20 am: The Baton Rouge Police Department has roughly 25-30 officers combing the area to track down the suspect. Police tell us that the man fired off two shots at a Constable who was asked to assist early in the investigation. They believe the suspect is still in the area and have asked all local businesses and schools to go into lock down mode.

9:50 am: St. Joseph’s Academy and Catholic High School are current in lock down. They say that all the doors have been locked and none of the kids will switch classes between periods until the all clear has been given by police.

9:20 am: A man robbed a Chase Bank on Government Street this morning and the Baton Rouge Police Department is currently tracking him down. Officials tell NBC33 News that the suspect is armed and on the loose in the Mid City area.

We will have more details as this story develops.

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