POSTED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 4:15pm
UPDATED: Friday, July 6, 2012 - 4:19pm
SLIDELL, LA — Late last night, Thursday, July 5, Slidell Police detectives arrested Karyn Reynolds, 30, for Second-Degree Robbery, in a case that is shocking and disturbing.
A family, who flew into town from California in order to take a cruise out of New Orleans, was stopped in their tracks when their 80-year-old mother was violently robbed in broad daylight in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The victim suffered a broken arm, which required surgery, and several lacerations to her body and head.
Yesterday at approximately 4:30 p.m., an officer working a security detail at Wal-Mart, was approached by a citizen informing him that an elderly lady had just been robbed. The officer located the victim on the ground in the parking lot.
Several citizens, who rushed to her aid, told the officer that an older model black Ford Explorer stopped, a female exited the vehicle and violently ripped the purse off the 80-year-old female victim, causing her to forcefully fall to the ground. The suspect then fled the area, leaving the victim injured on the ground. The victim was subsequently transported to a local hospital where she received surgery for her injuries early this morning.
Several officers quickly responded to the scene, but were unable to locate the vehicle or the suspect. Based off of surveillance video from Wal-Mart, officers were able to get a picture of the vehicle and a good picture of the suspect.
For the next several hours, the Slidell Police scoured the city looking for the vehicle and the suspect. Just before midnight, Detective Sergeant Ralph Morel spotted the vehicle parked in the Olde Town area of Slidell. Shortly after locating the vehicle, a female who fit the description of the suspect entered the vehicle and drove off.
Detectives conducted a traffic stop and made contact with Reynolds, who was wearing the exact same clothing from the incident that occurred hours earlier at Wal-Mart. Other evidence was located inside of the vehicle, which was directly linked back to the elderly victim.
Based off of information gathered by the investigation, Reynolds was desperate for drugs, which was a motivating factor for the crime. The victim only had a small amount of cash in the purse, along with other personal items.
Reynolds was placed under arrest for the crime and can face anywhere between three to forty years in prison.
Due to the fact that the victim is an “aged person” according to Louisiana Law, Reynolds could face an additional enhanced penalty for the crime.