Bank robbery suspect caught; elementary schools put on lockdown

Labarick Refuge (Source: EBRSO)
Labarick Refuge (Source: EBRSO)
Labarick Refuge, suspect in bank robbery
Labarick Refuge, suspect in bank robbery

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A bank robbery suspect is in custody after a manhunt. It was two hours of chaos that started six miles from where it ended.

The robbery happened at the Regions Bank on Jefferson Highway shortly after noon Friday. A bank teller was able to slip a die pack into the stolen money.

A waitress at Beausoleil Restaurant in Bocage, Dori Murvin, said she saw the suspect with "a big, floppy fro running with a bag with red smoke coming out of it." Beausoleil Restaurant is next door to the bank. The robber who was believed to be wearing a wig, ran through the Bocage Village parking lot near Calvin's supermarket.

"He started running that way, but he kinda freaked out when he realized the bag was smoking," said Murvin.

Murvin said the suspect, now identified as Labarick Refuge of Baton Rouge, hopped in a car driven by someone else and sped off. However, a witness was able to get the license plate number to the suspect vehicle.

About an hour later, police located the suspect in the Staring Lane area behind Keans's the Cleaners and said they had the suspect surrounded.

The Baton Rouge Police Department chopper joined in, spotted him from the air, and led cops on the ground right to the suspect.

After a short foot chase across Highland Road, a small army of officers captured the suspect in the parking lot of St. Jude Catholic Church.

Baton Rouge Police confirm Wildwood Elementary School was put on lockdown as the manhunt unfolded.  St. Jude Elementary was also put on lockdown. The school lockdowns have been lifted.

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